Upstate News

April 2, 2001
Kathleen Paice 315 464-4839

SUNY Upstate Medical University to hold Memorial Service April 4

SUNY Upstate Medical University will hold a special memorial service April 4 for those who have donated their bodies to help in the education of medical and physical therapy students.

The service is planned and conducted by SUNY Upstate students to express their appreciation for the opportunity to learn about the human body. It will be held this Wednesday, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Weiskotten Hall 9th Floor Auditorium, 766 Irving Avenue.

“The unique feature of this service is the donor’s family members are invited to attend,” says N. Barry Berg, Ph.D., director of SUNY Upstate’s Anatomical Gift Program. “We were the first, and perhaps only, school to encourage family members participation in such a service. Their participation is so important, because donation would not be possible without their consent.”

Donations to SUNY Upstate Medical University’s Anatomical Gift Program have increased steadily over the past five years from 162 in 1996 to 191 in 2000.

Editor’s Note: Media are invited to attend the memorial service. To make arrangements, contact Kathleen Paice at 315-464-4839

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