Dr. Phil Berry and Department of Health and Human Services Need Your Help
The Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Transplantation (DoT) is asking for your leadership and participation in promoting organ and tissue donation among your colleagues, patients, and patient families as part of an effort to make America, and more importantly Texas, "donor friendly."
Due to the success of the Live & Then Give program in Texas, which also sought to promote organ donation through primary care physician offices, we contacted Dr. Phil Berry, who was the president of the Texas Medical Association (TMA) at the time. Dr. Berry, a liver transplant recipient, has generously agreed to help us champion this program. He is a passionate spokesperson for this life saving and successful treatment where one donor has the potential to save and enhance 50 lives.
With Dr. Berry’s help we would like to pilot test a "turn key" educational kit in primary care physician offices in Dallas and El Paso counties. Due to the active leadership in your county’s chapters of TMA, we respectfully ask for your help in this project. The kits contain posters, and other materials to use as hand outs. They are structured so that the materials are self explanatory and require little intervention from the staff, other than answering questions about donation. The answers will be provided. If you would like information on how to receive a sample kit, please contact Elisabeth Gabrynowicz, director of External Affairs-UNOS at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call her at (804) 782-4623.
Organ Donor Registration
Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has launched a new Web site with information about organ donation and instructions for registering as an organ donor online.
More than 7,000 people are waiting for life-saving organs in Texas. The registry helps streamline the donation process and makes it easier for Texans to register as organ, tissue and eye donors.
For more information read the DSHS announcement and the donor information page, then visit the Glenda Dawson Donate Life -- Texas Registry Web site.
Links of Interest
Live & Then Give is a joint initiative of TMA, TMA Alliance, TMA Foundation, and the Texas Transplantation Society.