Mission

LifeChoice is dedicated to fostering community and professional support of organ and tissue donation, providing compassionate care for families, and saving and improving lives.

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Who is LifeChoice?

LifeChoice is one of the two federally designated, non-profit organ procurement organizations (OPOs) affiliated with New England Donor Services. LifeChoice is responsible for the recovery and allocation of organs for six counties in Connecticut and three counties in Western Massachusetts, with a combined population of 2.3 million people. The OPO serves 23 acute care hospitals for organ and tissue donation and two organ transplant hospitals, Hartford Hospital in Hartford, CT and Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA.

LifeChoice is a member in good standing of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) and is accredited by the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO). First established as a hospital based organ procurement organization (OPO) in 1971, LifeChoice became independent in 2002 and affiliated with New England Organ Bank to create New England Donor Services in January 2017. Since LifeChoice was founded, thousands of families have donated organs and tissues, saving and improving the lives of many others.

The organ and tissue donation process is complex and requires the coordinated efforts of many individuals. Doctors, nurses and other hospital staff work with LifeChoice to honor a patient's decision to donate.

"LifeChoice maintains two boards: the Board of Directors, which serves as the governing body responsible for overseeing the property, services and fiscal operations of LifeChoice, and the Programs and Operations Advisory Board, which is charged with development of direction and recommendations for policies that primarily relate to LifeChoice clinical operations.Each board convenes quarterly. The most important task for each individual board member is to represent LifeChoice as stewards of the precious gifts of organ, tissue and eye on behalf of our donor families."


- Judith Pepe, MD, Chair, Board of Directors, LifeChoice Donor Services

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Leadership Team

Alexandra K. Glazier
President and Chief Executive Officer
Diana H. Buck
Senior Vice President of Tissue Donation Services
Francis L. Delmonico, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Allison J. Erickson
Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Administration
Sean M. Fitzpatrick
Vice President of Public Affairs
Mathew D. Moss
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Helen M. Nelson
Senior Vice President of Organ Donation Services
Lisa A. Paolillo
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Administrative Director, New England Organ Bank
Larry Sussman
Vice President of Quality Systems
Dara L. Washburn
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Laine Krisiunas
Senior Vice President of Regulatory Compliance
Administrative Director, LifeChoice Donor Services

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Board of Directors

The New England Donor Services Board of Trustees represents an array of expertise and talent from across the NEDS service area. In addition to their service to NEDS, trustees also serve as the Boards of Trustees for New England Organ Bank and LifeChoice Donor Services.

Greger Anderson
Former Chief Executive Officer
Nyack Hospital
Patricia Baillieul
Certified Financial Planner and Retirement Advisor
Retired
Mary M. Brunton, RN
Public Member
Keith B. Churchwell, MD
Vice-President/Executive Director, Heart and Vascular Center and Transplantation Center
Yale-New Haven Hospital
Gregory S. Couper, MD
Cardiac Surgeon
Tufts Medical Center
Hon. Geoffrey Crawford
Federal Judge, United States District Court
District of Vermont
Donna M. Feinstein, RN
Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nurse Executive
Vibra Hospital
Springfield, MA
Marisol Feliciano
Coordinator, Violence and Injury Prevention Program
Saint Francis Hospital & Medical Center
Heung Bae Kim, MD
Director of Pediatric Transplant Center
Boston Children's Hospital
Howard K. Koh, MD
Professor at Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Kennedy School
Former Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S Department of Health and Human Services
Former Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Renee M. Landers, Esq.
Professor of Law and Director of Health Law Concentration
Suffolk University School of Law
Joren C. Madsen, MD
Thoracic and cardiac surgeon
Massachusetts General Hospital
Lindsay Martin, MSPH
Executive Director & Improvement Advisor
Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Janice A. Mayforth, CPA
Director, Clinical Financial Planning and Decision Support
Baystate Health, Inc.
Gayle J. Murphy
Program Coordinator
Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles
Judith Laich Pepe, MD
Senior Associate Director, Surgical Critical Care
Hartford Hospital
William Roman, Jr.
Clinical Research Associate/Regulatory Affairs Supervisor
Hartford Hospital
Kevin Smith
Former Healthcare System Chief Executive Officer
Winchester Healthcare Management
Frederick J. Sorbo, III
Director of Budgeting and Reimbursement
Hartford Hospital
Vernette Townsend, RN
Director of Medical Nursing and Transplant Services
Baystate Medical Center

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Programs and Operations Advisory Board

Jacqueline McQuay, RN, MS
Chair
Trauma Program Coordinator
Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT
Mark Baymon
Transplant Recipient, Springfield, MA
Laurine Bow, PhD
Consulting Director
Transplant Immunology Lab
Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT
Ryan Cady
Connecticut Eye Bank & Visual Research Foundation, New Britain, CT
Kathy Hood
Donor Family, Marlborough, CT
Catherine Hosley, MD
Neurologist
Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT
Robert Madden, MD
Transplant Surgeon
Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, MA
Daniel Madison
Administrative Director, Transplant & Comprehensive Liver Center
Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT
Belle Perrone
Donor Family, Longmeadow, MA
Peter Sandor, PA-C
Surgical Critical Care
St. Francis Hospital & Medical Center, Hartford, CT
Patricia Sheiner, MD
Director of Transplant and Transplant Surgeon
Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT
Nancy Tyson-Alexander
Donor Family, Coventry, CT
Wendy Wheeler, RN
Emergency Department
UCONN Health, Farmington, CT
David S. Shapiro, MD
Ex-officio
Associate Medical Director
LifeChoice Donor Services, Windsor, CT

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Medical Affairs Committee

Tod Alberghini
Manager, Transplant Immunology Lab
Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT
Cristobal Alvarado, MD
General and thoracic surgeon
Hartford Healthcare Medical Group
Hartford, CT
Laurine Bow, PhD
Consulting Director, Transplant Immunology Lab
Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT
Pamela Fisk, RN
Transplant Manager
Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, MA
Daniel Fusco, MD
Cardiac Surgery
Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT
Michael Germain, MD
Nephrologist
Western New England Renal & Transplant Associates, Springfield, MA
Jonathan Hammond, MD
Cardiac Transplant Surgeon
Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT
Aleksandr Kurbanov, MD
Transplant Surgeon
Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, MA
Anne Lally, MD
Transplant Surgeon
Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT
George Lipkowitz, MD
Medical Director
LifeChoice Donor Services, Windsor, CT
Robert Madden, MD
Transplant Surgeon
Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, MA
Dan Madison
Administrative Director, Transplant & Comprehensive Liver Center
Hartford Hospital
Hartford, CT
Kenneth McPartland, MD
Transplant Surgeon
Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, MA
Judith Pepe, MD
Senior Associate Director, Surgical Critical Care
Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT
Caroline Rochon, MD
Transplant Surgeon
Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT
Manuel I. Rodrigues-Davalos, MD, FACS
Transplant surgeon, Yale Medical Group
Professor of Transplant Surgery/Pediatrics, Yale Medical School
New Haven, CT
David Shapiro, MD
Associate Medical Director
LifeChoice Donor Services, Windsor, CT
Patricia Sheiner, MD
Director of Transplant and Transplant Surgeon
Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT
Jeffrey Walden, MD
Cardiologist
Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT

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340 West Newberry Road, Suite A
Bloomfield, CT 06002
Ph: (860) 286-3120
Fax: (860) 286-3147
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