Registration Open for Webcast on “Tree of Life” Memorial Event

Registration is now open for The “Tree of Life” Memorial Event: Meaningful for Families, the latest webcast from the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Project Dispatch series. Tragic, unexpected loss of a loved one is never easy for families, but they may honor their loved one’s wishes to help others by giving the gift of life through organ donation. In 2005, two young men with non-survivable injuries were airlifted to the surgical trauma intensive care unit at University Hospital in San Antonio, Texas, USA, starting a special journey for these men’s families and the hospital staff that cared for them. Both families independently decided to donate their loved ones’ organs so that something good might come from such a devastating loss.

To honor these unselfish acts of organ donation in the face of overwhelming grief, the hospital created the “Tree of Life“ Memorial Event, which serves as a living monument, recognizing the organ donor’s life and acknowledging the subsequent gift. The families are grateful that the hospital honors their loved ones and report that the invitation to the annual event “makes you feel good that people haven’t forgotten you.”

In this webcast, Charles Reed, PhD, RN, CNRN, will discuss the development of the “Tree of Life” Memorial Event, including how the program has grown and become an integral part of the hospital’s commitment to patients, their families and the community. Complimentary registration is made possible by a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the “Tree of Life” Memorial Event and its impact on families and the healthcare institution
  • Examine how this program can be a model for others
  • Evaluate the impact the program has on families, staff and the community

This webcast will take place on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. Central Time.

Register online today using your Customer ID and password.

If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

This webcast was organized by the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s Project Dispatch.  Project Dispatch aims to improve the quality, efficacy, accessibility, and cost-effectiveness of healthcare in the United States by developing and distributing resources for critical care clinicians focused on patient-centered research. This project is supported by grant number R18HS21940 from AHRQ. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of AHRQ.

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