Dr. Terry Welke has been the Medical Examiner for several regions around his parish, and has held the Coroner position in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana since 1996. Dr. Welke listens and is open to perspectives and information when collaborating with the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency (LOPA) to improve organ, tissue and eye donation, and changed his position and practices to support pre-autopsy donation. He helped create the Coroner Sub-Committee at LOPA and continues to support and serve on this committee. The quote for the Calcasieu Parish Coroner office when it comes to donation is "Life Trumps Death Every Time".
Members of the Ozone Layers Quilt Guild recently created a quilt for Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency that honored 15 recent organ donors. From left are guild member Anita Scott; Lynette Lamarque Wilson and Chrissy Hagan, of the agency; past guild President Stephanie Drewes; and guild President Anne Sarphie.
Check out Quilt 15 on our website to read about each donor.
At the 25th anniversary Donate Life America Annual Conference, Bill Conner accepted the award as the 15th recipient of the James S. Wolf Courage Award.
You may recall, on Father’s Day this year, Bill rode his bike into the hearts of 100 million people worldwide when he stopped in Louisiana to meet his daughter, Abbey’s heart recipient, Loumonth Jack Jr. His 2600 mile bicycle ride, Abbey’s Ride for Life, was a journey for him to share his daughter’s story and spread education about the need to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor. Because of his hard work, Abbey’s heartbeat was the “heartbeat heard ‘round the world” inspiring thousands to register and sparking conversations about the gift of life.
The James S. Wolf M.D. Courage Award is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the field of organ, eye and tissue donation, has expressed personal commitment & enthusiasm in educating the public and has sought to reach audiences on a national level and demonstrated service above self attitude in their mission.
Watch Bill accept the James S. Wolf Courage Award below.
Bill Conner of Wisconsin is riding his bicycle 2600 miles across the country to honor his daughter and raise awareness about the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation. Bill’s daughter, Abbey, died in January of 2017. She was an organ donor. On Father’s Day 2017, Bill heard his daughter’s heart beat again.
After biking 1400 miles through several states, Conner stopped in Ventress, Louisiana to meet his daughter’s heart recipient, Loumonth Jack, Jr - also known as Jack or Roppy. Roppy suffered a heart attack at the age of 20. Doctors gave him days to live. Without Abbey’s heart, Roppy wouldn’t be alive today.
Bill and Roppy’s first meet – working with the LA Organ Procurement Agency – was captured ‘live’ on the ‘Donate Life Louisiana’ Facebook page. That video of the embrace, Bill listening to his daughter’s heart, the tears – has reached millions throughout the world– AND COUNTING!
Bill is back on the road. He is now focused on his final destination - Florida - where Abbey died and gave the Gift of Life. His target arrival date is July 10, 2017.
Bill’s says this ‘trip’ is part of his healing. Updates can be found by searching Abbey’s Ride for Life on GoFundMe. Tax deductible donations will be supporting Donate Life America and his bike trip across the country.
Steel beams, rising three stories alongside Interstate 12 south of Covington, represent the framework for a new building that will put St. Tammany Parish at the leading edge of organ and tissue recovery operations across Louisiana.
The Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency, which has about 100 employees in two locations in Metairie, will be moving those operations to the North Shore next year, Chief Executive Officer Kelly Ranum said. The building, on the north side of I-12, just east of the U.S. 190 interchange, will serve as LOPA's state headquarters.
LOPA is excited to learn that it has been chosen as a finalist in Delta Style Magazine's Health Care Heroes in the Medical Non-Profit of the Year catagory. The event honoring local healthcare professionals, will be on Tuesday, June 20th at 6:30PM at the West Monroe Convention Center.
Update to this article.
At the awards event on 6/20 in West Monroe, LOPA was excited to accept a certificate showing the agency was chosen as a winner in the Delta Style Health Care Heroes - Medical Non-Profit. Thank you to Delta Style and all those that have nominated LOPA.
Kelly Ranum, CEO of LOPA says, “they are responsible for determining manner and cause of death for any unnatural deaths. Many of our potential donors are coroner cases, and we need authorization from the coroner before we can proceed with donation. Last year (2016) was the first year in LOPA’s history no organ donor cases were denied by a Louisiana coroner.”Read More
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La Place de Vie, in French meaning A Place of Life, features personalized bricks, benches, pavers and a one-of-a-kind metal oak tree, all memorializing the names of supporters of Lafayette General Medical Center. The courtyard will also host flag-raising ceremonies for Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency (LOPA) to honor the contributions of organ donors and their families.Read More