News | Published April 11, 2013

Organ transplantation need is great but donations are limited

Dana Hardy of State College has a message to share based on first-hand information - organ donation saves lives. It saved hers. Dana will be one of the presenters for the Family Medicine Seminar Series on April 18, at the Galen and Nancy Dreibelbis Auditorium, Mount Nittany Medical Center.

Maria Reila Molina, MSN, CRNP, Dana Hardy’s primary nurse practitioner, will present a lecture entitled, Organ Donation and Transplantation. “Solid (whole) organ transplantation is a difficult and multifaceted area of contemporary medicine,” said Molina.

This is because the need for organ transplant is real, and organ donation and allocation remains limited; 116,804 people are waiting for an organ. Each day, 18 people will die waiting for an organ, while one organ donor can save up to eight lives.

Awareness and education remain keys to expanding the donation pool, according to Molina. The main objectives of her April 18 presentation are:

  • Indentifying the criteria for inclusion and exclusion for recipients awaiting transplantation.
  • Defining the possibilities and limitations of organ donation with respect to each of the organs: heart, lung, liver, kidney, and pancreas.
  • Describing transplant care by stages.
  • Discussing the role of immunology and immunotherapy in transplantation.

Molina is currently taking post masters courses in nursing education at the University of Pennsylvania. She graduated from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey's School of Nursing with a Master of Science degree, specializing as an acute/critical care nurse practitioner. She has more than 20 years of nursing experience as a certified critical care registered nurse and a board certified acute-critical care nurse practitioner. She is working as a heart failure/transplant nurse practitioner at the University of Pennsylvania. Molina has given concurrent podium presentations about interdisciplinary research locally, nationally and internationally.

The Family Medicine Seminar Series is designed to provide up-to-date information to medical practitioners and healthcare providers as well as to interested community members. A buffet dinner begins at 6:00 pm and the lecture begins at 6:30 pm. There is a seminar fee for those taking the class for credit, which includes the buffet. The lecture is free to the public.

In collaboration with the Penn State College of Medicine, Department of Family and Community Medicine, the next seminar series will be held on May 16 - Leadership as a learned skill in a clinical setting.