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New Medical Response Director

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compliant with federal laws and competed a weekly inventory for all tissue in the hospital and worked with vendors for outdated product.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 steps down from the board of directors

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.