LifeCenter Northwest Hospital Development Program Manager Ross Brownell speaks to Valley Medical Center staff at the Donation Leaders Training

LifeCenter Northwest hosted 18 nurses from Valley Medical Center at our headquarters in Bellevue, WA for an all-day Donation Leaders Training. This interactive training is designed to empower leaders to provide real-time education around donation and take a collaborative approach to improved donation processes.

This was the first time Valley Medical staff participated in the training, and it serves as a great opportunity for nurses to interact with our teams in Hospital Development, Clinical Operations, and our Donor Family Advocate staff who work alongside medical staff during a donation case.

The day began with a deep dive into the organ donation process and compassion fatigue training.  During lunch Dominic Adorno, Vice President of Clinical Operations at LifeCenter, spoke on the current state of organ donation across the nation, focusing on the recent legislation and discussions currently taking place on Capitol Hill about organ donation.

Surgical Recovery Manager, Jason Cravero, shows Valley Medical Center staff how a kidney pump works

After lunch Surgical Recovery Manager, Jason Cravero, presented on how organ placement works and showed guests how a kidney can be on a pump before making its way to a transplant center.  The day concluded with Marta Baldwin, a donor mother, sharing how donation has continued to help her heal after the loss of her son, Cole.  She described how the severe feeling of loss was accompanied by the healing power of donation, knowing Cole’s legacy continues on through the recipients of his organs.

If you are interested in hosting a Donation Leaders Training for your hospital, or in any of the CEU programs offered by LifeCenter Northwest, please contact your Hospital Development Program Manager. Click here for a full list of program managers.