New case report published on a case that occurred at the very end of 2015. Full report A-2889 Case Report.
At the 2016 Annual Meeting, cryopreservation minimums were left unchanged, remaining at the levels set in 2011. These minimums remain:
Neuro: $80,000 (or $100,000 to receive a waiver of the $180/year Comprehensive Member Standby fee).
Whole Body: $200,000 (or $220,000 to receive a waiver of the $180/year CMS fee).
Look for an article in Cryonics magazine in the near future on likely trends in cryopreservation minimums in the near future and in the longer term.
In recent years, Alcor has introduced discounts in membership dues for long-term members. Effective immediately, a new dues discount has been introduced. Anyone who has been a member for 40 years or longer will have their dues reduced to $60 per year ($15/quarter). This is around 11% of the current full rate for a first family member. This proposal, made by the president and passed unanimously by the board, is intended to build on previous discounts for long-term members and to reassure loyal members that their financial burden will fall over time.
Here are the results of the elections at the Alcor Annual Meeting on September 10, 2016:
After serving as a board member since 2001, Saul Kent did not stand for re-election, but remains an Alcor Advisory Board member. Alcor is grateful for his many years of service and activism, and for his key role in supporting development of technologies and companies vital to modern cryonics. Saul Kent’s support and promotion go back to within a few years of Alcor’s founding in 1972. Saul was the principal organizer and Director of Alcor’s first conference in 1978. In the 1980s he helped fund Alcor’s operations and research, and participated in and funded pivotal legal battles. During the 1990s, Saul established companies that developed the core technologies used by Alcor for stabilization, cryopreservation, and storage. After rejoining Alcor’s board in 2001, Saul established Suspended Animation, Inc., and continued to provide financial and legal support. Finding and hiring Alcor’s CEO Max More was another accomplishment directly attributable to Saul’s initiative and support.
All other directors were unanimously re-elected:
President: Max More was re-relected unanimously.
CFO/treasurer: Michael Perry was re-relected unanimously.
Secretary: Michael Perry was re-relected unanimously.
The public portion of the Annual Meeting will take place on Saturday September 10. The public board meeting is expected to start later than standard. The public sessions are expected to run from 11:45 am to 2:45 pm on Saturday. The public part of the meeting will include officer and director elections and board reports.
As of August 29, 2016, Alcor has 1,100 cryopreservation members. We gained a net 100 members in 1 year, 11 months. The previous 100 took over 5 years. The 100 before that took 3 years and 2 months.
After about a decade of service on Alcor’s board of directors, Michael Seidl stepped down in April 2013 to focus on other responsibilities. When he recently informed us that he was once again available, the board quickly and unanimously voted him back on at the August 13, 2016 board meeting. Welcome back, Michael!
A-1765, a private Whole Body member of Alcor since 1999, was pronounced on August 5, 2016 at the age of 67 in New York City and became Alcor’s 147th patient on the morning of August 7. Cool down to liquid nitrogen temperature was completed on August 16.
Alcor member A-1765 suffered an unwitnessed fall at home on August 4, 2016 and was taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, New York City, New York. Emergency surgery was performed to control bleeding in her brain. Surgeons were unsuccessful at stopping the bleeding and placed the patient in the Neuro ICU on a ventilator. Family notified Alcor on August 5, 2016. The patient was taken off life support and declared clinically dead at 10:21pm EST/7:21pm MST that evening.
The circumstances dictated that this would be a straight freeze situation. Our main concerns were that the patient not be kept on the ventilator and that the patient be cooled and brought to Alcor as quickly as possible. Alcor personnel stayed in contact with the patient’s step-son and the patient’s resident doctor. We also immediately located a nearby funeral director who understood our needs and who would cooperate. We became very concerned when we were told that the case would be referred to the Medical Examiner for New York City due to state law stating any unwitnessed fall causing death is automatically an autopsy case. Fortunately, that turned out not to be the case, although we immediately alerted legal counsel in case an injunction was called for.
As soon as clinical death had been declared, the patient was initially cooled by the hospital and then – from the morning of the 6th – by the funeral home. After the delay before hearing whether or not an autopsy would be required, transportation from New York to Arizona was arranged quickly, and the patient arrived in Phoenix at 10:24am on August 7. Cool down began at Alcor before noon that day.
Starting today (July 18), we welcome Josh Lado as he steps into the role of Medical Response Director. Josh comes to us from John C. Lincoln hospital where he had a range of roles and responsibilities. In addition to having been an EMT for over 10 years, he assisted the nurses in Pre-Op and Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) with patient care, recovery of patients after anesthesia and assisting family members to answer questions they have. He also operated the Stealth Machine. This is a navigation unit surgeons use to help place screws into vertebra, assist in brain tumor resections, and placement of shunts into a patient’s brain.
He has also been in charge of Human Tissue Tracking for the hospital’s In-Patient and Out-Patient Surgery. He maintained a database that controls inventory and helped the hospital stay compliant with federal laws and competed a weekly inventory for all tissue in the hospital and worked with vendors for outdated product.
He also worked with the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator and Trauma Service personnel to train hospital employees for emergencies including Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) events. He has an Applied Science Degree in Paramedic Studies, and Applied Science degree in Fire Science, with numerous FEMA and related certificates.
During his time at John C. Lincoln, Josh was exposed to many different areas and, by all accounts, was highly proactive in solving problems beyond his required role. While working in surgery, he became very familiar with many instruments used and how to pass them to a surgeon. He assisted anesthesiologists with intubation of patients and IV access points. He has worked in high stress areas such as the trauma room in the Emergency Department and the OR Trauma Room and helped in the ICU with critical patients.
In talking with Josh, we were impressed not only by his range of skills but also by his attitude and interest in learning more about the science behind cryonics. Josh will receive thorough training by his predecessor, Aaron Drake. (We are also bringing in several other individuals to refresh and update their training.) Aaron will continue to be available to consult with Alcor during parts of the year, to take on special projects, and to provide relief to Josh so that he is not on-call 24/7/365.
James Clement, a member of the Alcor board of directors since December 2008, has stepped down, stating that he no longer has the time to handle the responsibilities of the position.
Among the many contributions made by James during his time on the board, he:
* Did most of the work to create the Alcor Endowment Trust Supporting Organization, and gained IRS approval for it as a separate tax-exempt organization from Alcor. This structure for our Endowment provides much greater security than existed before.
* Was acutely conscious in shortcomings in casework, leading him to propose the Quality Control Specialist position.
* Was an instrumental board member in the search for a replacement for Aaron.
* Served during 2016 as board Chair, attending most meetings in person.
* Brought Bonnie Magee to Alcor as Chief Finance Officer.
We are sad to see him leave as a board member, and value his contributions, and we wish him well in his current and future projects.