Mission Possible: Lives Depend on High Performance

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Former US Surgeon General and Lead Pilot for Famed Blue Angels — Join Forces – at “Mission Possible” to Demonstrate How Lives Depend on High Performance

Organ recovery and transplantation of life-saving organs require high-performing teams working together in intense, high stakes environments — much like the Blue Angels – who fly in perfect formation at death defying heights and speeds.

So it’s only fitting that the former lead solo pilot for the Blue Angels, John Foley, will be the keynote speaker at Mission Possible, a donation symposium for 400 Sacramento healthcare professionals on Thursday, April 3 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m., at the Sheraton Grand Hotel Sacramento, 1230 J Street.  Foley will demonstrate how to effectively manage teams that consistently perform in life and death environments – like hospitals – and still find ways to continuously improve.

“What I learned most from being with the Blue Angels had nothing to do with flying itself,” John says. “I learned that the process of engaging at this high level, when my very life depended on successful communication, accurate information, trust and follow-through, is the same process leaders and successful individuals use to achieve excellence.”

Following on his heels will be the former Surgeon of the United State, R.A.D.M., U.S.P.H.S. Ken Moritsugu, M.D. This world-renowned physician will share his compelling personal connection to donation, as both a donor father and husband.  He’ll touch upon the importance of consistent practices and compassionate care.

Also, the symposium will include the unique opportunity to witness a powerful meeting between the family of Christopher Xavier Dickerson – an organ, eye and tissue donor family and their 19-year-old son’s transplant recipients.

Finally, taking the stage in the day-long symposium, a national leader in organ and tissue donation from Wake Forest Park Baptist Hospital  in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Thomas A. Nakagawa M.D., A.A.P., F.C.C.M. Nationally-recognized by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration for his work as national faculty for the Organ Donation and Organ Transplantation Collaborative and as a Donation Champion by the United Network for Organ Sharing, Nakagawa will present on how to turn obstacles in the field of donation – where every second counts –  into opportunities.

Join Sierra Donor Services for this high-powered and interactive  event which kicks off April’s Donate Life Month, and is designed to inspire healthcare professionals to  optimize every donation opportunity, every time. Learn more here: Mission Possible