X-Message-Number: 17848
Date: Mon, 05 Nov 2001 09:16:27 -0700
From: Mathew Sullivan <>
Subject: This Week at Alcor

I noticed the last part of my report was missing, so here is the full report:

Mathew Sullivan, Facility Operations Manager

This report is for the past two weeks.


Project Future Bound UK and Canada continues as follows:
1) Small amount of progress on ATP plates and perfusate plate brackets.
2) New cannulae arrived.  Cannulae were inventoried and added to spreadsheet.

Gathered a few supplies for the Laughlin training class.

Cleaned and prepared for possible suspension
Reviewed and edited cryotransport checklists

Coordinated for possible postmortem transfer of member:
This was my first attempt at coordinating the transfer of a postmortem 
member.  My initial contact was with Rowlen Brothers in the UK, but the 
primary individual responsible for such coordination was out of the 
country.  The person left in charge had little or no experience with the 
type of situation we were presenting.  After some discussion, I learned 
that Rowlen Brothers would only act as a middleman in this type of 
scenario, and their primary contact in Tel Aviv would be the Israel 
Embalming Services (IES) for packing and shipment of our member.  After 
troubleshooting wrong numbers from both Rowlen Brothers and quit a few 
operators, I finally made contact with IES thanks to the internet.  After 
multiple discussions with Rowlen Brothers and IES, I was informed the 
transfer of the member postmortem to the US on a visa could be 
illegal.  IES also expressed concern that I needed to get my arrangements 
in place before the Sabbath, otherwise there could be serious complications 
trying to transfer the individual on the Sabbath.  Attempting to resolve 
these issues on short notice (with no prior experience) and live up to 
other obligations here at Alcor was challenging to say the least.  Rowlen 
Brothers and IES contacted the embassy, and I called immigration and 
customs.  After countless phone calls, I made contact with the appropriate 
customs agent, and he faxed me the necessary paper for IES, which gave 
permission for us to transfer our member to the US postmortem.  Thankfully, 
the member stabilized long enough for us to get our preparations fully in 
place, both here at Alcor and in Tel Aviv.

More recently, the member has improved enough that it might be possible to 
send him to a hospital in the US.  There are some concerns regarding a 
legal requirement for embalming prior to postmortem international shipment 
if that becomes necessary.

Facility Operations:
Shopped for and stocked office supplies.
Submitted my Alcor expenses for reimbursement.
Communications meeting.
Resolved some minor computer printing issues.
Took apart paper folder to remove paper, but the gears had melted, so we 
junked it.
Helped to resolve postage machine issues.
Cleaned and organize my office after front window was broken.
Wrote and submitted my facility operations report.
Submitted a requested memo on Cells4Life expenses covered of by Alcor.
Data base meeting regarding a redesign of the current computer system.
Updated membership growth charts, to do list, and hours worked.
Assisted an Alcor member to upgrade our server.

Patient Care:
Assisted with bulk delivery, and filled Bigfoot #6 in preparation for whole 
body suspension.

Mathew Sullivan ()
Facility Operations Manager

Alcor Life Extension Foundation
7895 E. Acoma Dr., Suite 110, Scottsdale AZ 85260-6916
Membership Information: (877) GO-ALCOR (462-5267)
Phone (480) 905-1906   FAX (480) 922-9027
 for general requests


The Alcor Life Extension Foundation was founded in 1972 as a non-profit,
tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, and has 47 patients in cryostasis.  Alcor
is the world's largest provider of professional cryotransport services with
over 545 members who have pre-arranged for cryotransport.  Alcor's Emergency
CryoTransport System (ECS) is a medical-style rescue network patterned
after Emergency Medical System (EMS).  Alcor CryoTransport Technicians,
as with EMTs and Paramedics on an ambulance, are advised by our
Medical Director, Jerry Lemler MD or other physicians who are Alcor
members and/or contract physicians.

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