Our Tiger Team is an organization of Health First associates who promote donor awareness and encourage registration for organ & tissue donation through education. At monthly meetings, Tiger Team members exchange information and share concerns about the Tiger Team’s goal of educating and recruiting organ & tissue donors.
Why join Health First’s Tiger Team?
Hear comments from our current members on why they joined:
“I became an organ donor when I got my first Florida driver’s license. When I became an RN, I joined the Tiger Team. Right away, I knew it would be a long-term commitment for me because I felt so strongly about supporting organ and tissue donation. My commitment is based on the things I learned at the Tiger Team meetings, special events, and from those people who have been recipients of or are on waiting lists for tissue and/or organ transplants. Their stories are so inspiring. Recipients go on to lead such happy and productive lives, which would be impossible without these “gifts of life.” I continue to support the Tiger Team because I have made lifelong friends, who share in such a worthy cause.”
Stephanie Cranfield, RN, Tiger Team Member RN for Health First’s Faith-Community Nursing Program
“I signed my first donor card and completed my paperwork at MD Anderson Medical Center in Houston during the 1980s. I’ve believed in organ and tissue transplantations for a long time. When I joined the Tiger Team I learned how to become an organ and tissue donor. I keep coming back because of the knowledge I gained and because I believe the public needs to be made aware of their options for organ and tissue donation.”
Kay Ives, Tiger Team Member (Health First Human Resources)
“I keep coming back to the Tiger Team because there are only few times in life that you know you really can make a difference! Seeing the results of the donation process reinforces the efforts, campaigns, and projects that the Tiger Team organizes. Health First’s commitment to the organ and tissue donation process has saved hundreds of lives over the years — this commitment started with the passion of a few individuals on the Tiger Team!”
Lynn Williams, PhD, Tiger Team Member
“I care about others! I signed up for organ donation when I received my first driver’s license. That’s when it just made sense to me that I what I couldn’t take with me could surely help someone else. I have always wanted to be a nurse, but thus far, this has not been my path in life. With the Tiger Team, I’m able to support patients and nurses behind the scenes as I so respect all they do. I believe in educating the community about the organ and tissue donation process. I also feel if we approach this in a positive manner, we can gain interest from others within Health First to help support this mission. I have a family member who gave a kidney to another family member, so I know this works!”
Tammy Adams, Tiger Team Member (CCH Administration)
“I’ve been with Health First for 30 years and became involved in supporting the Life Keep It Going (LKIG) Conference in the late 1990s. At one of the conferences, I heard a recipient telling his story of what organ donation for his transplant meant to him and his family. That was only the first of many stories I have heard over the years—stories about those who donated and stories of those who received organs and/or tissues. When the Health First Tiger Team Quilt was introduced, it was at one of the LKIG conferences. I was asked to read the stories of those whose patches had been added to the quilt. My heart hurt but for the first time, it was opened to the possibility of working with a great group of individuals and bringing a message of hope to our community. I have continued to work with the Tiger Team and have been privileged to see what this outstanding group of associates have done to make a difference in the lives of others…..bone marrow drives…...financial grants to those waiting for a transplant or for those who just need a few more dollars to buy medication to support their transplant. Join the Tiger Team! You can make a difference in the lives of others!
Dee Rogers, Interim Chair Health First Tiger Team (Health First Center for Learning)
How to volunteer
Want to become a member of the Tiger Team?
For information on meetings at Holmes Regional Medical Center, Palm Bay Hospital and Viera Hospital, please call Dee Rogers at 321.434.1966, or for Cape Canaveral Hospital please call Tammy Adams at 321.434.7188.
All Health First associates are welcome to join. We welcome your ideas for future projects and ways to promote donor awareness. Help us spread the word: “Share your life. Share your decision.”