Heather Osipowicz (pronounced Awe-Sih-Paw-Vich) is the Interim Director of Hospital Services and has been with Nevada Donor Network for over nine and a half years, with experience in Family Services and Hospital Services during that time. Heather has been in the OPO industry for more than 14 years, is Certified as a Tissue Banking Specialist and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a Master’s of Science Degree in Biomedical Sciences. In addition to her role of overseeing the Hospital Services Department at Nevada Donor Network, Heather participates in several national donation committees and organizations, including being a National Faculty Member of the HRSA (Health Resources & Services Administration) Workplace Partnership for Life Campaign, Past-Chair and current Action Committee member of the AOPO (Association for Organ Procurement Organizations) Hospital Development Council, NATCO (North American Transplant Coordinators Organization) Advanced Hospital Development Program Workgroup, Planning Committee member of the UNOS Region 5 Collaborative, and a member the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).
The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have changed the way hospital development coordinators interact with hospital personnel. To promote safety and appropriate social distancing, staff education and debriefing has transitioned from in-person events to a virtual setting. This webinar will explore ways to improve donation policies within the hospital and highlight strategies to increase engagement and collaboration through virtual education. Specific areas of focus include policy change that promotes success in donation with emphasis on CMS Final Rule and DCD protocols.