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Hedi Aguiar

Fundamental Roots
Hedi Aguiar

Brief Bio

Hedi has been a critical care nurse for over 25 years, gathering experience in three different countries. She has a Bachelor of Arts Honors degree in intensive care nursing and a Masters of Science in Nursing as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. After working as an ICU Educator, she transitioned into the organ, eye, and tissue donation field. She worked for two different Organ Procurement Organizations (OPO), OneLegacy and Donor Network West, where in her last position she was the Donation Process Improvement Manager.

During her time in the OPO field, Hedi served as faculty for the North American Transplant Coordinator Organization and chaired the national Association of Organ Procurement Organization’s Hospital Development Council. After working for the OPO, she took a leadership role with the national organization the Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance where she became the Senior Director of Programs, leading various national initiatives, councils and workgroups.

After many years of providing consultations, trainings and speaking engagements, she founded her own business in 2018, called Fundamental Roots. Fundamental Roots offers various customized soft skills trainings, including topics surrounding managing one’s sphere of control, general communication and collaboration skills, and physician communication and partnership. Leveraging her life-experiences in growing up internationally and having lived on four continents and in 7 different countries, Hedi also provides trainings on cross-cultural communication.

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Alliance Presentations

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Embracing Cultural Differences through Cultural Humility

Wednesday, May 12, 2021, at 2:00pm

The Alliance Conversation Series brings you cost-free, fast-paced collaborative opportunities that highlight successful donation and transplantation practices across the country. Through shared insight, multidisciplinary experts identify solutions to critical challenges affecting the community of practice and actively share them for open discussion and broader knowledge of effective practices.

Sessions are designed to be approximately 30-45 minutes in length and encourage real-time feedback and participation from viewers.

Overview: Cultural competence and efforts to accomplish diversity, equity and inclusion can seem overwhelming and challenging to many. What are some of the basics that are crucial to be able to more successfully accomplish the important desire of embracing and valuing differences? Could we even leverage these differences for improved outcomes in our interactions with our patients, donor families and even with each other? Join our conversation as we uncover those key ingredients that can set us on the journey to embrace and leverage our cultural differences.

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Physician Engagement: Building Successful Relationships

Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at 2:00pm

The partnership between the Organ Procurement Organization (OPO) and the physician or medical provider is essential to a successful organ donation process. When the teams are not aligned or communication breakdown occurs, these are obstacles that can lead to lost opportunities. This course will provide strategies to strengthen the relationship between OPOs and hospital providers through systems improvement, communication, and education.

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