The Gulf Coast Regional Transplant Center located at University of South Alabama Medical Center in Mobile is planning a series of activities to increase awareness of the need for organ donations during April, National Donate Life month. The center provides local access to kidney transplants for Gulf Coast residents, including lower Alabama, the Mississippi coast and the panhandle of Florida.
Director of the center is transplant surgeon, Dr. Velma Scantlebury, who will present a community lecture titled, "Kidney Transplantation," on Tuesday, April 15, at 6 p.m. in the second floor conference center at USA Medical Center located at 2451 Fillingim St. Dr. Scantlebury comes to USA from the University of Pittsburgh where she performed more than 700 kidney transplants on both adults and children.
Kidney transplants can improve the quality of life for people suffering with end stage renal disease. Organs can be transplanted from living donors as well as cadaver donors. Information on the screening process, surgery and follow-up care will be provided. A question and answer session will follow.
An informational display on organ donations will be set up in Colonial Bel Air Mall on Wednesday, April 16 and Saturday, April 19. Donor cards and information on organ donations will be available.
On Tuesday, April 22, all area organ and tissue donors, and family members of donors, are invited to participate in a Donor Awareness Ceremony in celebration of National Donate Life Month. Donors and family members, will be recognized at the ceremony planned for the Magnolia Ballroom at USA Brookley Campus at
6 p.m. All organ and tissue transplant recipients are also invited to pay tribute to their donor families.
An educational conference for health care professionals is planned for Thursday, April 24 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The program will discuss pre-evaluations, listings and wait time, medications and surgical follow-up. The course has been approved for 3.0 nursing CEU's.
For more information on any of the activities, or to learn more about kidney transplants, call the Gulf Coast Regional Transplant Center at (251) 471-7391.
Barbara Shaw, USA Hospitals Public Relations, 251-471-7262