My name is Beth Frenkel and I am the tissue navigator at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. I began my professional career as a licensed funeral director and transitioned into being an advocate for organ and tissue donation for the Gift of Life Donor Program.
I graduated from Penn State with a B.S. in Bio-Behavioral Health – the study of how biology, behavior, and social factors can affect health and illness. After graduating from college, I earned an Associate’s degree in Funeral Arts and Sciences from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and I have been a licensed funeral director since 2006.
I was drawn to the GFAC Tissue Navigator position because it encompassed the most rewarding pursuits encountered in my career – working with families and advocating for the importance of tissue donation to help save others.
A Simple Two-Step Process
For the family, once a decision has been made to donate, only two things are required. The first is written consent for the child to become a tissue donor, and the second is a single phone call to a tissue navigator at the time of a child’s death to initiate the process.