Agenda: Schedule and Workshops

All Donate Life Symposium events and programming will take place at Mystic Lake Center, in Prior Lake, MN. Registration is $150 per person and includes the full day symposium experience, continental breakfast, refreshment breaks, lunch, cocktail reception and free parking at the event venue. This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

October 23, 2019

Donation 101: Back to Basics | 5:30 – 6:15 pm

Jackie Johnson, Clinical Resource Supervisor, LifeSource

Katelyn Wilson, Clinical Hospital Coordinator, LifeSource

If you’re new to donation or need a refresher, this session is for you! You’ll learn foundational elements of donation, including how to make a referral and your role in making donation happen.

Donate Life Sand Ceremony: Uniting those touched by donation | 6:30 – 7:00 pm

October 24, 2019

Registration, Continental Breakfast, and Exhibitors | 7:00 am – 8:00 am

Morning General Session | 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Featured speakers include:

Bruce King, MSW, LifeSource Board Member, Assistant to the President for Institutional Diversity, St. Olaf College

Susan Gunderson, MHA, CEO, LifeSource

John P. Berdahl, MD, Clinician and Researcher, Vance Thompson Vision

Alan Berdahl, Community Outreach Coordinator, Dakota Lions Sight and Health

Ken Ackerman, MHA, Associate Administrator, Mayo Clinic

Connor Simms, MDIV, SICU Chaplain, Regions Hospital

Luke Haas, MD, North Memorial Medical Center

Marsha Darner, RN, Sanford USD Medical Center

Melvin Giles, Founder, Peaceful Love Warriors

Morning Breakout Sessions One & Two | 9:55 am – 11:35 am

Simulated Vignettes: An Intimate Look at Brain Death Donation Conversations

Laura Svoboda, Family Services Manager, LifeSource

Alicia Miller, Advanced Practice Donation Coordinator, LifeSource

Multiple vignettes with professional actors and LifeSource staff will engage your head and heart. Highlighted will be the critical interactions and partnerships that result in the best care for donors and donor families. The morning session will focus on the process of donation following Brain Death.

Healing and Health through Tissue Donation

Jean Neubauer, Senior Director Biosciences Learning Center, LifeNet Health

Michael Couch, LifeNet Health

Did you know over 1 million tissue transplants occur each year?  Learn about the gifts of tissue donation and the amazing ways these grafts help restore, save and heal lives.

The Intersection of Donation and Transplantation: Common Questions, Uncommon Answers

Julie Heimbach, MD, Transplant Surgeon, Mayo Clinic

Sarah Schuh, LICSW, Transplant Social Worker, Hennepin Healthcare

Emily Warren, Transplant Operations Manager, University of Minnesota

As donation is occurring at the donor’s hospital, explore what’s happening at the transplant center with experts in the field. You’ll hear from a transplant physician, transplant leader and social worker.  Understand how the process of transplant works, how organs are allocated to recipients so that lives are saved and healed.

Donor Designation: Honoring the Donor’s Choice

Jody Fischer, Hospital Liaison, LifeSource

Barb Nelson-Agnew, Hospital Liaison, LifeSource

We all have the opportunity to make a lifetime decision about donation. In this session we’ll explore what it means to honor the donor’s choice through the legal and practical framework of donor designation and better understand how the process works for donors and their families.

The SPARK of Bridging Cultural Communication

Hedi Aguiar, RN, MSN, CCRN-K, Founding Principal, Fundamental Roots

Cross-cultural communication can create sparks; how do we ensure these sparks lead to a positive flame of collaboration and unity? It begins with cultural intelligence (CQ) and cultural humility. This session will provide clarity on the definition of culture, identify the risks of cultural imposition, and explore practical examples of how to employ cultural humility to bridge cultural conversations.

Lunch and Exhibitors | 11:35 am – 12:25 pm

Afternoon Breakout Sessions One & Two | 12:25 pm – 2:05 pm

Simulated Vignettes: An Intimate Look at Circulatory Death Donation Conversations

Laura Svoboda, Family Services Manager, LifeSource

Alicia Miller, Advanced Practice Donation Coordinator, LifeSource

Multiple vignettes with professional actors and LifeSource staff will engage your head and heart. Highlighted will be the DCD process, your role in the process, and the support provided to families throughout. The afternoon session will focus on the process of donation following Circulatory Death.

Self-Care for Healthcare Professionals: As Essential as Mask and Gloves

Sue Johnston, Consultant, LifeSource

Stress management, self care, building resilience…what do these terms actually mean? How do you operationalize these concepts so that they are specifically and concretely helpful in a fast-paced workplace?  This session will use a research-supported approach to identifying, describing and operationalizing skills for managing unique stressors related to healthcare.

Healthcare Panel Discussion: Where End-Of-Life Intersects with Donation

Bill Cooper, MDIV, Chaplain, Sanford USD Medical Center

Heidi Erickson, MD, Hennepin Healthcare

Katie O’Hearn, Child Life Specialist, Hennepin Healthcare

Our panel will share their experiences with end-of-life care and the intersection of donation. This session will provide a clearer understanding of the value of collaboration, the importance of family-centered care and how they complement one another.

Complex Case Studies from Level I Trauma Centers

Janelle Brekken, CNRN CCRN RN, St. Cloud Hospital

Shawn Petersen, RN, St. Cloud Hospital

Cindy Darnell, MPH, MBA, CPTC, LRT, Clinical Resource Supervisor, LifeSource

Hannah Dobias, RN, Donation Coordinator, LifeSource

Laura Gary, RN, Nurse Manager, Hennepin Health

LifeSource partners will present how their work intersects with LifeSource to make successful donation happen. This session will inspire you as you walk through how hospital teams and LifeSource collaborated to navigate complex situations with amazing outcomes.

Culturally Responsible Care for Diverse Communities

Jon DeVries, Consultant and Trainer

Basma Ibriham DeVries, Consultant; Professor of Communication Studies, Concordia University

How do we best care for our increasingly diverse communities in a culturally-responsible way?  This session will inspire growth and learning through understanding diverse communities and patients.

Afternoon General Session | 2:30 pm – 4:15 pm

Featured speakers include:

Bruce King, MSW, LifeSource Board Member, Assistant to the President for Institutional Diversity, St. Olaf College

Jason Schechterle, Retired Police Officer, Phoenix, AZ

Andrew M. Baker, MD, Chief Medical Examiner, Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office

Michael Gold, PhD, Founder, Jazz Impact

Reception | 4:15 pm – 6:00 pm

 

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