This couple is sponsored by Quinnipiac University.
Pam is a cat loving Christmas tree decorating Dallas Cowboys fan who works as a nurse on the kidney and liver transplant unit (9 west) at Yale New Haven Hospital. Jordan is a dog loving menorah lighting New York Giants fan who works as a PA on the transplant surgery service at Hartford Hospital. The pair has only danced at weddings and despite their momentary feelings of dancing supremacy while on the dance floor, the wedding pictures always tell a different awkward story.
When Pam was 11 years old her mother was diagnosed with what is a “best guess” autoimmune liver condition. This is when she became a liver patient at Yale New Haven Hospital. After college, Pam worked for nine years as a financial advisor, and during this time her mother’s liver condition slowly progressed. While accompanying her mother to numerous doctor appointments, increasing inpatient visits at the hospital on 9 West, and through the liver transplant listing evaluation process, Pam realized that nursing, unlike financial planning, is a career that could support and encourage her natural desire for caring and compassion. She eventually left the financial world and made it her goal to work on 9-west, and to provide the same quality of care to all of her patients that she expects for her own mother. She believes that her personal experience as a family member of a mother with liver disease, allows her to provide exceptional and empathetic care to both the patient and their family.
Jordan, before becoming a PA in transplant surgery, suffered from enjoyed a bit of occupational wandering and was employed as a scuba instructor, snowboard instructor, bartender, line cook, wilderness trip leader, tennis court resurfacer, high school biology teacher, pharmacy technician, and EMT. His initial experience with transplant medicine was through his grandmother, who had kidney failure and eventually received a transplant after many years on both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. He witnessed first hand the increase in his grandmother’s quality of life granted by the kidney transplant, and is forever thankful to the donor who allowed him the ability to get beaten by her in cribbage for many “extra” years. While completing his clinical year in PA school, Pam encouraged (editors note: harassed) him to do an elective rotation in transplant surgery. After observing the compassion and dedication of the PA’s on the service, as well as their role in providing empathetic inpatient care to donors, recipients, and their families, he hoped it was where he would land after graduating.
Donate Life is important to us from both a personal and professional standpoint. We hope that through dancing at the event we can increase awareness of the need for organ donation registration among our extended family and friends, raise money for Donate Life, and have some fun in the process. Thank you.
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