The Medical Center of Plano Receives a Special Visit from an Organ Donation Advocate

The Medical Center of Plano received a special visitor on Valentine’s Day, who had an exceptional story to tell. Stephanie (Sam) Foster-Erler stopped by to visit with our staff, and share her first-hand knowledge of how big of an impact organ donation can have on someone’s life.

Sam’s experience with organ donation comes not from the eyes of a grateful organ recipient, but rather as a mother who was able to find comfort in the knowledge that her son’s death led to the gift of life for five people.

Sam has become an advocate for organ donation, and uses her story as a way to not only inform the public of the importance of organ donation, but to also remind those who are familiar with the process of the difference that they make.

In the past year, The Medical Center of Plano has seen the number of organ transplants triple, and in 2012 a total of 85 patients received transplanted organs from 31 donors. While The Medical Center of Plano has had great success in growing our organ donation program, we also recognize the need to raise awareness among the public. We hope to increase this awareness by creating one of the best organ donation programs anywhere.

The Medical Center of Plano has been recognized by the Transplant Services Center of The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas as part of the Leadership Circle of Hospitals since 2003. We have been ranked among the top 20 in the region in regards to our transplants and donations. We are working hard to continue this upward trend, and we place high priority on meeting the needs of the thousands of people who are waiting for organ donation.

Sam’s visit helped to remind us that what we are doing is making a difference, and through our commitment to the care and improvement of human life we hope to be able to better serve our community, and have more success stories to share in the future.

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