Organ Procurement Coordinator Appointed to National Committee

June 16, 2004

"We are very proud of Jamie for representing New York State on a committee that examines some of the most important issues in organ procurement today."

James Schneider, an organ procurement coordinator at Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network, has been appointed as Region 9 representative of the Organ Availability Committee of the United Network for Organ Sharing.

The Organ Availability Committee is a national group that meets on issues related to organ procurement. Region 9 represents New York state and western Vermont.  During his two-year appointment, Schneider will join the committee in focusing on new organ preservation and shipment techniques, practices to increase the supply of donated organs, and education for both public and professional audiences about the need to increase donation. The appointment is made by the president of the United Network for Organ Sharing and is approved by the Board of Directors.

“We are very proud of Jamie for representing New York State on a committee that examines some of the most important issues in organ procurement today,” says Robyn Kaufman, executive director of the Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network.

Schneider joined the Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network in 2002. Prior to this, his work included clinical experience in dialysis centers in Rochester and Atlanta and serving as chief operating officer of the ambulance service in Irondequoit. Schneider received a bachelor’s of science degree in athletic training and biology from Hartwick College in Oneonta.

Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network is authorized by the federal government to coordinate organ donation in 19 counties with a population of 2.4 million, and serves 44 hospitals in the Finger Lakes region, central and northern New York, including the University of Rochester Medical Center and SUNY Upstate Medical University transplant centers. Last year the program bested its five-year average in the number of organ donors recovered.

The United Network for Organ Sharing manages the nation's Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network under contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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