PARTNER PROFILE: Center for Donation and Transplant

Congratulations to our colleagues at The Center for Donation & Transplant for celebrating "Fifty Years of Saving and Enhancing Lives." Senior Faculty Member at Gift of Life Institute, Patti Mulvania, recently caught up with Andrew Sigond, Director of Hospital & Community Services at CDT, to discuss the ongoing partnership between the two organizations.

Patti Mulvania (PM): Andrew, first I’d like to congratulate you on two fronts – not only is CDT celebrating its 50th year, I also understand that your organization recently marked another milestone – its 2000th donation.

Andrew Sigond (AS): Thank you Patti. Both are incredible accomplishments (achievements?) as we continue our mission of offering hope and healing to donor families in upstate New York and western Vermont and restoring the health of those who need an organ or tissue recovery.

PM: That’s great. Actually, I should have also congratulated you on your year-to-date numbers.

AS: Overall, our YTD numbers have far exceeded all expectations. As of December 1, we are close to (?) organ donors and over (?) organs transplanted. Compare this to all of 2021, when we had 83 donors (website says 112 donor families) and 218 (website says 206) organs transplanted. And, to top things off, our authorization rate is over 60%!

PM: That’s wonderful. So obviously that begs the question, what do you attribute this success to?

AS: We’re humbled and inspired by CDT’s community, which is amongst the most generous in the nation when it comes to donation. I know I’m preaching to the choir when I say that it takes a team of heroes – donors, donor families, CDT staff and hospital partners – to save the lives of people on the organ waitlist. Without each one of them, donation would not be possible.

And I’d be remiss if I didn’t include the quality education that our staff has received through the Gift of Life Institute. Through Elizabeth’s (Elizabeth Spencer, Faculty, Gift of Life Institute) and your tutelage, we’ve developed standards of practice that really make a difference.  

PM: Thank you Andrew. We’re very proud of the partnership we’ve developed with you and your team over the past (five?) years. From workshops on core conversation elements to clinical debriefs with leadership, I’ve witnessed a paradigm shift at CDT in both thinking and culture.

AS: Very true. And speaking of shifts, our Director of Clinical Operations, Dan DiSante, recently attended a national workshop for AOCs (Administrators on Call) that was led by John Edwards. Dan said there were a lot of take-aways from the workshop.

PM: I’ve known John for over thirty years, and he definitely is a leader when it comes to AOC training.

AS: I understand that this workshop will be offered again in 2023 and we’re anxious to sign staff up once those dates become public.

PM: Actually the first date just came out. It’s being offered on March (?) and registration began earlier this week. I’ll send you a link.

AS: Thanks.

PM: Of course. And again, congratulations on all you’ve achieved in 2022.

AS: Thank you Patti. We look forward to an even more successful 2023 and to continuing our partnership with the Gift of Life Institute.  

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