Diane is the Nursing Director of Adult Critical Care, Cardiac Services and Palliative Care at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL. She is a registered nurse with over 35 years of practical experience, and she received both her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing Management and Leadership from Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing. Diane currently serves as the nursing champion and liaison for Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network, the chair of the OSF Saint Francis Medical Center Donation Steering Committee and is a member of the planning committee for the annual organ and tissue donation symposiums hosted in Peoria, IL. She is also a member of the Critical Care Advisory Group for Nursing Leaders and the Peoria Life Saving Leader Community Advisory Board for Gift of Hope.
Most people understand the importance of having strong donation champions within hospitals. The real questions lie in how Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs) can effectively connect with more hospital partners to keep them engaged so that they continue to be advocates for donation. The goal is to secure their commitment to process improvement as it relates to donation and transplantation to ensure the best possible outcome and experience for the donor families served. Through a multi-disciplinary panel discussion, participants will learn best practices for developing advocates inside and outside of the hospital setting as well as why these panelists got involved in leading cutting-edge brain death simulation workshops, co-hosting annual donation symposiums, serving in advisory roles to their local OPO, and implementing best practices for Donation after Circulatory Determination of Death (DCDD). Join us to hear four leading experts discuss how they ultimately became donation champions!