Wall of Heroes honors organ, tissue and eye donors

WOH 2Mosaic and kiosk unveiled at HCMC August 22

What:             “Wall of Heroes” unveiling at Hennepin County Medical Center When:          Thursday, August 22, 2013, 4-7 p.m.
Where:            2nd Floor, HCMC’s Red Building, 717 S. 7th St. entrance

On Thursday, August 22, from 4-7 p.m. Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) unveils its “Wall of Heroes” to honor those who have given a part of themselves so that someone else could live a healthier life – or in many cases, simply live. The display consists of a specially designed mosaic created for HCMC, along with an interactive kiosk containing names, photographs, and stories of HCMC organ, tissue and eye donors submitted by both donors and their families. The kiosk will also contain informational articles about the importance of organ donation, a direct link to sign up as an organ donor, and an opportunity to support the Wall of Heroes.

The mosaic artwork was funded by the Hennepin Health Foundation and created by local artist Michael J. Sweere, whose inspiration came from the themes of “transformation” and “new life.” A special focus group of family members and former patients who have been touched by organ donation suggested the themes, which are represented in the artwork by a garden with insects, birds and flowers. Continue reading “Wall of Heroes honors organ, tissue and eye donors”

Suzanne Begin named VP of Philanthropy of HCMC, President of Hennepin Health Foundation

Suzanne Begin

Healthcare philanthropy professional Suzanne Norberg Begin joins the executive leadership team at Hennepin County Medical Center as the VP of Philanthropy and President of the Hennepin Health Foundation.

A Minnesota native, Begin spent the last 23 years in Atlanta, Georgia where she worked with former President Jimmy Carter supporting community–based programming for family and children in the impoverished areas of the city, served as the executive director of the Henry W. Grady Health Foundation raising funds for Atlanta’s safety-net hospital, and CEO of The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority, the two-county hospital authority charged with oversight of Grady Health System.

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