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A Dozen Webinars for Transplant Patients

Gift of Life Family House in Philadelphia launches online sessions to provide answers and support for transplant patients.

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Life changes when you become a transplant patient. That’s why Gift of Life Family House has lined up a year’s worth of free webinars.

The sessions will cover a range of topics to address the many challenges and questions that arise. Topics will include:

  • Medication
  • Parenthood after transplantation
  • How organ and tissue donation works – and how to be an advocate
  • Recovery after a transplant
  • Adjusting to post-transplant life
  • Nutrition for transplant patients

CSL Behring is sponsoring the series, developed by Gift of Life Family House in response to the COVID-19 pandemic after in-person sessions were no longer possible. The residence provides transplant patients a convenient and affordable place to stay while in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for medical care. CSL Behring’s global corporate headquarters is in nearby King of Prussia.

“As a company, CSL Behring has a long-standing commitment of being very involved in our patient communities,” said Kevin Kovaleski, Vice President, Global Commercial Development, Transplant, CSL Behring. “Part of that commitment includes understanding what those patients go through and trying to help them, not only with therapeutic options, but with other wellness programs to support patients in many different ways.”

The next webinar will be February 17 on medication. Learn more about the series and register for upcoming sessions.

With the webinars, which were launched in 2020, the program reached 1,000 more people than it did in 2019, said Talia Giordano, Family Services Manager at Gift of Life Family House. About 1,600 people participated, she said, thanks to the wide network of hospitality houses, transplant centers and patient communities in social media.

The webinars have been especially helpful for the transplant patient community, which even under normal circumstances, must take precautions to avoid infections.

“We will continue the virtual webinars as long as we have patients and families who want to participate and topics and speakers that are engaging and important,” Giordano said.