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Our blog is place for us to share news, information and resources about LifeSource and donation and transplantation.  Most of the content posted here is courtesy of a select few writers at LifeSource, whose posts reflect their views and perspective on the topic about which they are writing.  Our writers are asked to abide by a code of ethics when sharing information both here and across the web. 

We also welcome guest posts on our blog.  Please contact Rebecca Ousley if you are interested in sharing your thoughts or experiences.  We hope you’ll join the conversation!

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4th Annual Donate Life Motorcycle Run

Donate Life Motorcycle Run/Fundraiser in Memory of Kaitlyn Berg

Kaitlyn was 4 years old when she lost her life in an automobile accident on October 12, 2001. Her parents chose to donate her organs to help improve the lives of others. Kaitlyn saved three lives, including two children younger than her, by donating her heart, liver, and kidneys. Since 2011, her family has held the Donate Life Motorcycle Run annually, and donated nearly $30,000 to LifeSource in her name.

The run will leave the Clover Leaf Bar & Grill in Newport, MN at 11:00 a.m. with check-in beginning at 9:30 a.m. Return to the Clover Leaf between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. for food, music and a live auction featuring items generously donated by local community members and businesses.

No bike? No problem! Cars are welcome, or join us after the run for all the festivities.

$10 per rider (free meal for riders after the run). All proceeds will go to LifeSource to help further awareness of the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation.

When

Saturday, August 23, 2014
9:30 a.m. Registration
11:00 a.m. Motorcycle Run starts
4:00 pm. Food, music and live auction

Where

Clover Leaf Bar & Grill
2146 Hastings Ave
Newport, MN 55055

 

Questions?

Call Mike at 651-769-7718 or Marlene at 651-769-7194. View the event flyer, and follow the event’s Facebook page for more information.

LifeSource Recognized for Performance Excellence

The Performance Excellence Network (PEN) honored LifeSource with a 2013 Performance Excellence Award at the Achievement Level. The Award is based on the Malcolm Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence and is the culmination of a rigorous evaluation of an organization’s management system. Evaluation Criteria includes leadership, strategic planning, customer-focused processes, measurement systems, workforce engagement, and operations and recognizes organizations that are systematically improving results.

LS Team Receives PEN Recognition

“We are thrilled to receive this recognition as part of our journey toward excellence because we know it will translate to more lives saved and more meaningful support for the grieving families we serve,” shares LifeSource CEO Susan Gunderson. “When lives are on the line, as they are with the life-saving work of organ and tissue donation, then excellence is not a choice; it is a responsibility.”

Many more people are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant than there are organs available, and the need continues to grow. More than 3,600 people in the Upper Midwest are awaiting a life-saving organ transplant and thousands more are in need of a tissue transplant. These individuals can only be helped when others say yes to donation.

LifeSource is one of four organizations recognized this year, joining 123 others recognized since 1991 for their systematic improvement efforts and superior outcomes.

DSA Action Team Webinar

We hope you are able to join us for the October DSA Action Team webinar!

WEBINAR

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Noon – 1:00 pm
Webinar Log In Information

The information shared in our DSA Action Team webinars is for healthcare professionals and is designed to educate, inspire and create changes for greater outcomes. Those on the waiting list for life-saving or enhancing transplants are counting on us. Please share this invitation with your colleagues and encourage their participation in each webinar. Working together, we will make a difference!

We look forward to having you join us on the calls.

Thank you, your DSA Action Team Leaders

DSA Action Team Webinar

We hope you are able to join us for the April DSA Action Team webinar!

Webinar

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Noon – 1:00 pm
Webinar Log In Information

The information shared in our DSA Action Team webinars is for healthcare professionals and is designed to educate, inspire and create changes for greater outcomes. Those on the waiting list for life-saving or enhancing transplants are counting on us. Please share this invitation with your colleagues and encourage their participation in each webinar. Working together, we will make a difference!

We look forward to having you join us on the calls.

Thank you, your DSA Action Team Leaders

Donate Life Ambassador Training

Please join LifeSource in Bismarck, ND on Wednesday, May 21st from 6 – 8 pm for a general orientation and training to our Donate Life Ambassador program.

The evening will include information about:

  • organ and tissue donation
  • ambassador opportunities
  • donation education resources
  • tips on sharing your personal story
  • advocating on behalf of donation in your community

This orientation and training will take place at the Bismarck Veterans Memorial Library and is open to all current and prospective Donate Life Ambassadors with LifeSource.

Dinner will be served.

Donate Life Ambassador Training

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location

Bismarck Veterans Memorial Library – Meeting Room B
515 N 5th St.
Bismarck, ND 58501

www.bismarcklibrary.org

RSVP

Please RSVP to Teresa Turner at tturner@life-source.org or 651.603.7882
by Friday, May 16th

 

Donate Life Ambassador Training

Please join LifeSource in Sioux Falls, SD on Wednesday, May 14th from 6 – 8 pm for a general orientation and training to our Donate Life Ambassador program.

The evening will include information about:

  • organ and tissue donation
  • ambassador opportunities
  • donation education resources
  • tips on sharing your personal story
  • advocating on behalf of donation in your community

This orientation and training will take place at the Sioux Falls Public Library – Main branch and is open to all current and prospective Donate Life Ambassadors with LifeSource.

Dinner will be served.

Donate Life Ambassador Training

Wednesday, May 14th
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location

Sioux Falls, SD Public Library – Main Branch
200 North Dakota Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57117

Meeting Room B
www.siouxlandlib.org

RSVP

Please RSVP to Teresa Turner at tturner@life-source.org or 651.603.7882
by Friday, May 9th

 

 

Donate Life Blue & Green Day 2014

Blue & Green Day is Friday, April 11th

Show your support for organ, eye and tissue donation by sporting blue and green on Donate Life America’s annual Donate Life Blue & Green Day on Friday, April 11th! Share photos of your blue and green experience with us by posting on the Donate Life Minnesota, Donate Life North Dakota and Donate Life South Dakota Facebook pages, where we will also share the blue and green happenings at Lifesource!

BGday

 

 

Let Life Bloom LifeSource Partner Challenge

April is National Donate Life Month, and this year we’re bringing back the “Let life bloom” campaign to educate hospital communities about the importance of organ, eye, and tissue donation and provide an opportunity for you to show your support of these life-saving gifts.

Hospitals, OPOs and other organizations across the nation will be using registration drives, social media campaigns, and other events to encourage people to register as donors in April and throughout the year.

 LifeSource Partner Challenge

We have a fun and competitive region-wide challenge for hospitals to participate in this year. Using this scorecard as your guide, plan your organization’s campaign activities and watch your points grow. The challenge runs March 15 – April 30, 2014 and you can add activities from three additional 30-day periods dating back to June 2013. The points you accumulate will determine your level of recognition in the national WPFL campaign, and your standing in the LifeSource region-wide competition.

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