Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network Names New Executive Director
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Rob Kochik 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 39 hospitals in the Finger Lakes and Central New York regions. He begins this month.
Kochik has extensive experience with organ procurement organizations, most recently serving with the New York Organ Donor Network as director of donor referral and recovery services, and prior to that as the group’s director of clinical operations. He also has worked with the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation and the Delaware Valley Transplant Program (now the Gift of Life Donor Program).
Kochik began his career in the field of nursing, and has nursing degrees from the University of Maryland - Baltimore County, and the Harrisburg Polyclinic Hospital School of Nursing. He also did graduate Health Care Administration coursework at Widener University.
“We are pleased to welcome Rob to Upstate New York,” said Kathy Parrinello, chief operating officer for Strong Memorial Hospital of the University of Rochester Medical Center and head of the search committee that chose Kochik. “His valuable experience in organ procurement will benefit the organization, which helps so many people each year who need life-saving transplants.”
As executive director of the Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network, Kochik will be responsible for the overall direction, leadership and administration of the organization. He 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 39 hospitals and the University of Rochester Medical Center and SUNY Upstate Medical University transplant centers.