Christie Ryan

Director of Professional Services and Regulatory Affairs
Center for Organ Recovery and Education

Brief Bio

Christie Ryan is the Director of Professional Services and Regulatory Affairs for the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE). Prior to joining CORE Christie was the Chief Nursing Officer for HealthSouth Sewickley. She was previously employed by Kindred Hospital of Pittsburgh as a Nursing Manager of the Critical Care Unit, and with Magee- Women’s Hospital as a Critical Care Nurse.

Christie has presented on a national level regarding topics related to Best Practices to Achieve Six Joint Commission Accreditation and Certifications in Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke, Spinal Cord injury and Multiple Sclerosis.  Christie has also been recognized for her efforts to lead her team to achieve the first Joint Commission Certification in Multiple Sclerosis in the United States.

Christie attended Waynesburg University where she obtained her Masters of Science in Nursing Administration and Business and is currently working on her Doctorate in Nursing Practice

Alliance Presentations

CMS Final Rule 261764309

The OPO Response to the CMS Final Rule: Proactively Preparing for the Changes

Thursday, October 27, 2022, at 2:00pm

Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs) have been proactively preparing for the CMS final ruling beginning August 1st, 2022. With a focus on ICD-10 codes and a tiered system, many organizations are working towards building awareness of donation and transplantation practices within their Designated Service Areas (DSAs). With these new guidelines, OPOs are needing to find ways to hold hospitals more accountable to ensure the new CMS metrics are achieved. Over the last 20 years, select hospital staff have become more knowledgeable of the current donation model and policies, but how can OPOs begin to develop relationships with other departments within the hospital to find champions willing to assist in the growth of donation and referrals within their hospitals? During this discussion, we will review strategies identified thus far and will explore other ways to continue growing donation within a DSA.

Timely Referrals P2

Authorization Strategies Part II: Early Engagement & Clinical Intervention

Tuesday, April 05, 2022, at 2:00pm

In light of the new metrics established by CMS, hospitals and organ procurement organizations are making an intentional effort to adjust their practices to increase authorization for donation and improve outcomes. In Part II of our authorization series, our panelists will explore effective strategies to collaborate with hospital partners to promote early engagement with potential donor families and clinical management to preserve organ viability.

Lifelong Networks

Our partners are the heart and soul of our organization. For more than 15 years, they have played a vital role providing quality education and programs to advance a shared mission.