Grief and Remembrance Program
The contributions that perfusionists make to the health and welfare of their fellow man goes unappreciated by patients simply because perfusionists are often anonymous and out of view from the patient and families.
Perfusionists accept this situation without regret knowing that personal and professional satisfaction comes from a "job well done" and not from any accolades from a grateful patient. However, when a perfusionist dies I think it is inherent upon her/his peers to acknowledge a life of dedication to the perfusion profession and to the betterment of mankind in general. So,
the first thing I want to do is establish a Grief and Remembrance Program for those of our profession who pass away.
Upon learning of the passing of a fellow perfusionist I will send to the family and loved ones an official elegy from The Missouri Perfusion Society. This will be in the form of a certificate, appropriate for display at a wake or funeral, that contains the perfusionist's name, date of death and an official recognition of her/his contributions to the perfusion profession and a career dedicated to the betterment of mankind, "one patient at a time".
I will also include one of the informational pamphlets remaining from the successful Missouri licensing campaign. Thirdly, there will be a letter conveying sincere condolences to the family from the members of The MPS. The letter will explain that we are sending the elegy and pamphlet as mementos to the deceased's family that can be retained as keepsakes and passed to future generations to help preserve the memory of their loved one. The pamphlet contains text and full color photos that explain the vital role
that a perfusionist plays in the care of a critically ill patient. So, I
thought that it would be a good historical document for children,
grandchildren and even great grandchildren who want to know about their forbearer's career, life and times.
The cost of this service is but a few dollars. So, I plan on making this service available to the family of any deceased perfusionist, anywhere. For this reason I will not accept any funding from the MPS general operating funds. However, if you wish to contribute to the MPS Grief and Remembrance Program you can send a check to the MPS earmarked specifically for the G&R Program.
Gary Grist BS RN CCP
Member of the Board of Directors
Official Historian of the Missouri Perfusion Society1316 E. Offshore Ct.
Blue Springs, Mo. 64014
Senior & Master Perfusionist Award
If you are an active member of The Missouri Perfusion Society and have 10+ years of clinical experience you are eligible for recognition as a "Senior Perfusionist" by your peers in The Missouri Perfusion Society. If you have 20+ years of clinical experience you are eligible for recognition as a "Master Perfusionist". There is no charge for this recognition, it is a member benefit to all those who qualify. The details are below:
Senior perfusionist recognition: 10 years of clinical practice. Completion of 10 years in clinical practice by a perfusionist is an achievement worthy of perfusion community recognition. Master perfusionist recognition: 20 years. Perfusionists who achieve this record of longevity will receive the title of "Senior Perfusionist" or "Master Perfusionist", a lapel pin, and a certificate suitable for display from The Missouri Perfusion Society.
Any TMPS member who can document a minimum of 10 or 20 years of cumulative clinical practice would be eligible for the recognition.
The recognition awards will be sent by mail.
To qualify for Senior Perfusionist recognition, members should send their Curriculum Vitae documenting 10 or 20 years of clinical practice as of May 31, 2004 to Gary Grist, Awards Committee Chairman, 1316 NE Offshore Ct., Blue Springs, Mo. 64014. CV's should be received by June 1, 2003 for inclusion.
The CV need only document employment history as a perfusionist for a period of at least 10 or 20 years. The period of activity as a student does not qualify. Perfusionist recognition is a member benefit from The Missouri Perfusion Society. However, once awarded the appellation will be recognized for life by The Missouri Perfusion Society regardless of future membership status. Any non-member who wishes to be officially recognized as Senior or Master Perfusionist can submit a membership fee to The Missouri Perfusion Society along with their CV.
If you have a questions please contact Gary Grist; work phone 816-234-3004 or firstname.lastname@example.org