Did you know that March is National Social Workers’ Month? In celebration, we will be recognizing social workers on the blog who go above and beyond in the noble work of donation and transplantation.
First up: Jane Forbes
Jane is a Transplant Social Worker at Indiana University Health working with individuals considering kidney or pancreas transplantation – she is driven by the values of empowerment, advocacy, social justice and self-determination.
On a typical day, Jane helps individuals understand the transplant process, identifies potential barriers to transplant and resolutions to those obstacles. Most importantly, she assists individuals in brainstorming strategies for good stewardship of the gift of life.
What you may not know is that Jane and other social workers in the world of transplantation are an integral part of a multi-disciplinary team whose conversations focus on the common goal of moving patients through the transplant process.
Jane told us, “I have a unique opportunity to provide support during a time of health crisis while also engaging hope for an improved quality of life. The best part of my job is to hear the stories of how transplant positively impacts lives. The transplant surgery is a new beginning and learning how this opportunity leads to fuller living is priceless.”
Not only is Jane committed to saving lives on the clock – she’s also proven her commitment off the clock when she saved the life of 16-year-old Noah Mikel, through living kidney donation. Learn more about their stories here.
Jane summed it up perfectly when she said, “Organ donation is truly a gift of life!”
Thank you, Jane, for your incredible commitment to saving lives through social work in transplantation. We are honored and privileged to work with you!
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