Page 8 - Support Magazine Summer 2017
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The ODTI team with
                                                                                                     Professor Jim Egan
                                                                                                        (4th from left)
                                                                                                  at St. George’s Church –
                                                                                                  their new office location.

                   Organ Donation &                                                 rofessor Jim Egan has found a
                                                                                    new permanent office for the
                                                                                Pstaff of ODTI. The Minister for
                                                                                Health, Simon Harris TD, opened the
         Transplant Ireland (ODTI)                                              office on May 8th, 2017.
                                                                                  This is truly an
                                                                                unique office
                                                                                created within
                                                                                the restored St.
                                                                                George’s Church,
                                                                                beside Temple
                                                                                Street Children’s
                                                                                Hospital in
                                                                                Dublin’s north
                                                                                inner city.
                                                                                Hardwicke Place,
                                                                                the exact
                                                                                                   St. George’s Church
                                                                                location, is also
          Artistic Challenge
                                                                                only a stones throw from the Mater
             eaumont University Hospital, in  submission would be modest in size and  Hospital. The offices are shared with
             conjunction with the Irish Kidney  achievable for a budget under €5,000. It is  other tenants and the ODTi are
         BAssociation, is calling for inspirational  foreseen that its location will be situated in  located on the top of the Church
         artistic suggestions to signify the importance  or around the main entrance to the hospital.  building, just below the ceiling.
         of living and deceased organ donation  I believe that we, as a patient organisation,
         enabling the National Kidney Transplant  are in agreement that an appropriate  There is no doubt that this new
         Centre’s activities.               symbol, recognising the donation of organs is  organ procurement service is creating
           The artistic project, possibly a sculpture or  a most worthy and worthwhile concept.    the infrastructure to expand the
         a water feature or, indeed, any innovative  If you wish to submit a sketch, of your  opportunities in developing the organ
         work of art should be suitable for placement  idea, please do so and a team, from both the  donation process in Ireland,
         in the outdoor grounds. An important aspect  hospital and the Association, will adjudicate  addressing the ever growing demand
         is that it should reflect the fact that kidney  and select the winning proposal. The winner  for deceased organ donors.
         transplantation takes place in the Hospital,  will receive a token prize of €1,000 and,
         primarily due to the generosity of deceased  hopefully, their proposal will turn into reality  The key to this development is the
         organ donors. In parallel, it should also  someday soon.               co-operation required from the
         reflect the courage and generosity of living  Submission should be sent to the Chief  intensive care facilities across the
         organ donors.                      Executive, IKA, Donor House, Park West,  acute hospitals network.
           It is anticipated that the winning  Dublin, D12 P5V6 by August 31st, 2017.   This 365/24/7 procurement service
                                                                                is the cornerstone of organ donation
                                                                                and the IKA is proud to be a part of
                                                                                this initiative and we look forward to
                                                                                promoting organ donation to the
                                                                                public in partnership with ODTI.
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