Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network Names Executive Director

January 17, 2003

Robyn S. Kaufman, MPH, has been appointed executive director of the Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network, the organ procurement organization affiliated with the University of Rochester Medical Center and SUNY Upstate Medical University that serves 44 hospitals in Western, Central and Northern New York. She begins Feb. 5.

Kaufman has a master's degree in health administration from the University of Hawaii and has worked in public health for more than 25 years, most recently as executive director of Organ Donor Center of Hawaii. Once ranked last in the country in organ recovery, Hawaii has increased to within the top one-third of programs nationally. During Kaufman's tenure, ODCH developed an "aftercare" program offering bereavement resources for donor families, and recently was awarded a five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue educational efforts in minority communities.

 "We are pleased to welcome Robyn to our organization," says Frederick J. Borrelli, surgery finance director and senior program administrator for Strong Memorial Hospital of the University of Rochester Medical Center and head of the search committee that chose Kaufman.

"Her extensive experience in Hawaii in public health and organ procurement will be invaluable to Upstate New York and the talented and committed staff at Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network," Borrelli adds. "I am excited about Robyn's arrival and her leadership, which will continue a rich tradition of compassion and success in providing life-saving organs to recipients."

As executive director of the Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network, Kaufman will be responsible for the overall direction, leadership and administration of the organization. She will work closely with medical directors and administrators at regional hospitals to ensure programs, processes and procedures are implemented to maximize and increase donation.

The Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network covers 19 counties with a population of 2.4 million, and serves 44 hospitals and the University of Rochester Medical Center and SUNY Upstate Medical University transplant centers. Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network performs well above the national average in organ recovery. It has been the best in the state for eight out of 10 years, and is in the top 10 percent in placing organs for transplantation.

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