Leveraging Technology to Engage Donor Families

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Event Dates: 
March 27, 2019 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT

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Presentation Summary:

How do you rise to the challenge of serving donor families in the digital age? This webinar presentation will demonstrate how New England Donor Services is currently leveraging technology to better engage with donor families through the use of texting during the approach process and creating an online space for donor families to access relevant resources.

Leveraging Technology to Engage Donor Families

 

Speaker: Melissa Chiumiento and Josh Brennan, CTBS
Date: March 27, 2019
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST

Melissa Chiumiento

Melissa Chiumiento

Melissa promotes, facilitates, and manages meaningful connections between organ and tissue donors' families and their loved one's recipients. She does this by collaborating with local transplant centers including Massachusetts General Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital and Boston Medical Center. She also leads the design and ongoing development of her department’s website: caringconnectionsneds.org. Melissa provides donation outcome information and bereavement support for thousands of donor families each year.

She is currently studying for the 2018 Association for Death Education and Counseling's Certification in Thanatology (CT) exam. She wants to earn her CT so that she can understand the unique needs of families in grief.

Joshua Brennan

Joshua Brennan

Josh Brennan, CTBS, spent 6 years as an EMS professional and was an educator for the Red Cross. Josh has been with New England Donor Services for over 10 years in various roles in Tissue Donation Services. He is currently the Manager of Tissue Operations. He has published three abstract articles with AATB and was part of the creative development team for the Hopes Heroes - Donor Family Program. He has been invited to speak at multiple workshops/conferences on various topics including Electronic Tissue Authorization, Call Center Scheduling, Algorithmic Tissue Screening, and Electronic Tissue Allocation.