Dr. Beck honored as Donation Champion by Gift of Life Michigan
Dr. Robert Beck has helped save and improve the lives of thousands of people he’ll never meet.
Dr. Beck, 64, of Kalamazoo, is one of 15 individuals and three hospitals statewide to be honored with a 2020 Donation Champion Award from Gift of Life Michigan. Dr. Beck earned this year’s Physician Champion Award for his dedication to helping patients and their families save lives by working closely with Gift of Life.
“On a personal level, I think it’s part of that patient-physician relationship and it provides closure for families,” said Dr. Beck, a pediatric critical care physician based at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo.
When he completed his training in 1990 in Memphis, Tennessee, working with Organ Procurement Organizations (Gift of Life Michigan) was an afterthought. The process has evolved since then, and Dr. Beck has become a passionate advocate for organ and tissue donation.
For years, Dr. Beck has tirelessly helped parents navigate tragedy in West Michigan. For him, an essential component is making sure they are offered the light of donation in the darkness of their grief.
He extends his passion by teaching colleagues, residents and medical students about the donation process and why it’s critical to saving lives.
Many families choose donation and when they do, he walks beside them through the process and does everything within his power to maximize their child’s donation by collaborating with Gift of Life Michigan.
One donation coordinator at Gift of Life sums up Dr. Beck’s work this way: “He’s passionate about his patients and saving their lives; he is equally passionate about saving another child’s life through donation if his patient cannot be saved.”
Dr. Beck and other winners were honored in November by Gift of Life Michigan.