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A National Donate Life Month Story Series


"You've Said 'Yes' to Donation. Now What?" is a National Donate Life Month story series that chronicles the ins and outs of the complex donation process. Journey with us during NDLM 2017 as we showcase the behind-the-scenes people who help turn tragedy into triumph by making donation happen.

Saying 'Yes' to Donation: The Allocation Coordinator's Role

"The donation process involves many professionals who are all passionate about helping others. I get to be part of that. This miraculous, elaborate, multi-step collaboration and process helps get people off the waiting list and gives them a second chance at life. That gives me the drive to keep coming to work. I feel privileged to do what I do each day." — Jessina Wiley, Allocation and Perfusion Coordinator at Gift of Hope

Before donated organs can be transplanted, Allocation and Perfusion Coordinators like Jessina Wiley work with Gift of Hope's Laboratory team to match the organs with transplant waitlist candidates. After medical and clinical staff members identify which organs a donor can offer to transplant candidates, Allocation and Perfusion Coordinators like Jessina are tasked with finding compatible recipients for each viable organ.

"Once we determine if a deceased person is eligible to donate, UNOS, the United Network for Organ Sharing, generates and provides us with a list of transplant candidates ranked by medical urgency, waiting time and geography among other medical criteria," Jessina explained. "We submit the list to our Lab, which then runs extensive testing to determine compatibility between the donor and the potential recipient."

 

Passion and Drive

Jessina has always loved the surgical environment where hard work in the operating room can yield miraculous results. "It's amazing what surgeons can do," she said. "I was always intrigued by the OR. Some people see chaos in an operating room. I see miracles. I wanted to be part of that."

Armed with remarkable drive and determination, Jessina worked tirelessly to obtain both a Surgical Tech and a Health Information Technology degree, which gave her the skills and knowledge necessary for the work she does today. During her 14 years at Gift of Hope, Jessina (pictured) has spent a year as a Tissue Recovery Coordinator and nine years as a Donor Resource Coordinator. Her current role as an Allocation and Perfusion Coordinator is where she plans to stay.

"The donation process involves many professionals all passionate about helping others, and I get to be part of that," Jessina said. "This miraculous, elaborate, multi-step collaborative process helps get people off the waiting list and gives them a second chance at life. That gives me the drive to keep coming to work. I feel privileged to do what I do each day."

 

A Mother's Perspective

As a mother of four, Jessina understands how difficult it must be for parents or guardians to talk about and decide whether to donate on behalf of their children.

"I want parents to know that their sons and daughters will live on in another human being through the donation of their precious gifts," said Jessina. "To save and enhance the lives of others is such a selfless act. I hope parents who make the decision to donate find solace in knowing that their son or daughter helped someone in the most remarkable way one person can help another."

Allocation and Perfusion Coordinators work diligently every day to honor the gifts offered by donors and donor families by exhausting every measure possible to find a compatible organ transplant recipient for every organ donated each and every time.

 

Follow Our 2017 NDLM Story Series


Our 2017 National Donate Life Month story series chronicles the ins and outs of the complex donation process.

Follow the links below to journey with us as we showcase the behind-the-scenes people who help make donation happen every day.

Getting to 'Yes' and Working Together

The Call and Compassionate Service

Saying 'Yes' to Donation

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Our Mission

To save and enhance the lives of as many people as possible through organ and tissue donation.


Our Vision

That every opportunity for organ and tissue donation is successful.


Our Values

  • Passionate People
  • Outstanding Teams
  • Compassionate Service

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About Our Name

The decision to become an organ and tissue donor offers a precious gift to others: the hope for a new life.

The name Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network reminds people that the gift of donation makes hope possible for the thousands of people waiting for lifesaving organ and life-enhancing tissue transplants.

In our logo, the brushstroke above our name represents the life that connects a donor's gift to the hope it provides the recipients of that gift.

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