Francine is Executive Director of the Yale New Haven Hospital Transplantation Center (YNHTC) and Heart & Vascular Center (HVC) at Yale New Haven Hospital.
Francine began her career at Yale New Haven Hospital in 1982. She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at Quinnipiac University with a BS in Nursing in 1997 and a MHA with Distinction in 2002. Francine holds certifications as a Critical Care Nurse and as a Certified Executive in Nursing Practice. She is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN); the American Association of Critical Care Nurses/ South Central Connecticut Chapter (AACN/SCCC); the American Heart Association – Council of Cardiovascular Nursing; the American Organization Nurse Executives (AONE)
In this executive leadership role, Francine has had the privilege to work with patients and families who have had to live with the stresses and challenges of debilitating organ and heart and vascular diseases. She’s also seen the rewards and benefits of those who have received or are giving a life-saving organ. As a healthcare professional, she appreciates that each and every organ is a gift of life. Donate Life has positively impacted awareness, education and financial resources, ensuring that more individuals will focus on the advantages of transplantation and organ donation.
Francine hopes that this event will bring attention to the devastating dilemma of not having enough lifesaving organs available to help our patients. There are over 120,000 patients in the United States waiting for organs, but still only less than 30,000 transplants are done in the whole country every year. Waiting for an organ can be an emotional and physical roller coaster. We’re hoping that with the advent of Living Donation we will be able to provide a reasonable alternative to deceased donors. YNHTC has created the Center for Living Organ Donors which will hopefully increase awareness and promotion about the benefits and options of Living Donation.
Francine admits that in the past she always found other ways to contribute to Donate Life. This year she succumbed to her Italian, Catholic guilt, and the pressure from Peggy Bia! Peggy “subtly” reminded her that 90 seconds of “pain and humiliation” was nothing compared to the positive benefits of supporting the goals of Donate Life. Since no good deed goes unrewarded, she in turn reached out to her HVC colleague, Ray Amendola, to join her as a dance partner in this great cause.
Ray Amendola is a member of the YNHH HVC leadership team and has been in the healthcare field since 1983, with his career stating at the former Hospital of St. Raphael’s. He is a graduate of Quinnipiac University and is am currently working towards his Masters in Health Administration. He is a single pup dad to three dogs and is looking forward to both his professional and personal future.
Francine and Ray want to ensure that their dancing debut will provide maximum benefit to the Donate Life Gala. Please assist us in improving the lives of our patients and families through the gifts of organ and tissue donation. We hope you’ll vote for us and thank you in advance for your generous support.
CT Coalition for Organ & Tissue Donation, dba, Donate Life Connecticut
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