A nurse experiences the impact of tissue donation firsthand

May 20, 2021

LifeNetHealth logo.Stacey DeMaranville says nursing runs in her blood and that she never considered any other career. This passion sprung from her mother, who was also a nurse and raised her children to always give back and help others.

In 2004, just a couple years into her nursing career, Stacey experienced a knee injury while skiing. She knew something was wrong immediately upon impact. As the reality of her injury set in, she began thinking about how she couldn’t afford to be out of work for an extended period of time.

Tests showed Stacey had torn her ACL. Her surgeon suggested an allograft tendon as the best option to repair the damage. To her pleasant surprise, Stacey experienced a rapid, two-week recovery and was soon back on the hospital floor caring for patients. Read Stacey’s full story here.

The only full-service, non-profit tissue bank in the Pacific Northwest that recovers, prepares and distributes tissue back to the local community. LifeNet Health’s Northwest headquarters is located in Renton, WA, where more than 90 dedicated staff partner every day with local hospitals, law enforcement, funeral homes and other community organizations. LifeNet Health is committed to the communities it serves, providing education and bereavement support to donor families and life-saving tissue to patients throughout the Northwest and across the globe. LifeNet Health is also an international center of excellence for research and development in allograft and tissue engineering through its Institute of Regenerative Medicine. LifeNet Health’s mission is to save lives, restore health and give hope to thousands of patients each year.

The Washington Hospital Services Industry Partner program connects hospitals with product and service organizations to create efficiencies, lower costs and deliver exceptional health care. For more information about LifeNet or the WHS Industry Partner Program, contact Cynthia Hay at cynthiah@wsha.org or call (206) 216-2526.


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