WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Board of Donate Life North Carolina approved membership for Transplant Services at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center at their meeting on September 19.  Betty C. Crandall, MS, RN will join the Board of Donate Life NC to represent the organization.

“Having Wake Forest Baptist’s Transplant Services on our team enhances our ability to inspire more North Carolinians to register as organ, eye and tissue donors,” said Sharon Hirsch, Executive Director of Donate Life NC.   “They can help us to share stories and reach more people through their extensive network of transplant professionals and patients.” Wake Forest Baptist is the first transplant center to join the Donate Life North Carolina board, bringing frontline experience working with patients and families that directly benefit from transplants.

Betty C. Crandall brings experience in the Donate Life community, having been active in Donate Life Virginia and the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) before joining Wake Forest Baptist Health as the Administrative Director of Transplant Services in March 2012.  She brings more than 25 years of leadership in the transplant community in three transplant institutions.

Donate Life North Carolina (Donate Life NC) is a collaborative group of organizations that promote organ, eye and tissue donation including Carolina Donor Services, LifeShare Of The Carolinas and the NC Eye Bank. Working together, the member organizations are directly involved in supporting donor families and facilitating organ, eye and tissue transplants across the state. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, our work includes school education, Division of Motor Vehicles outreach and donor registry supervision. Our mission is to inspire all North Carolina residents to save and enhance lives by registering as organ, eye and tissue donors. North Carolinians can register by visiting their local DMV office or register online at DonateLifeNC.org.  Donate Life NC can also be found on Facebook/DonateLifeNC and on Twitter @DonateLifeNC.

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (www.wakehealth.edu) is a fully integrated academic medical center located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The institution comprises the medical education and research components of Wake Forest School of Medicine, the integrated clinical structure and consumer brand Wake Forest Baptist Health, which includes North Carolina Baptist Hospital and Brenner Children’s Hospital, the commercialization of research discoveries through the Piedmont Triad Research Park, as well as a network of affiliated community-based hospitals, physician practices, outpatient services and other medical facilities. Wake Forest School of Medicine is ranked among the nation’s best medical schools and is a leading national research center in fields such as regenerative medicine, cancer, neuroscience, aging, addiction and public health sciences. Wake Forest Baptist’s clinical programs have consistently ranked as among the best in the country by U.S.News & World Reportfor the past 20 years.