Iheoma Okeke-Banks

Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network
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Brief Bio

Iheoma C. Okeke-Banks is a Manager, Hospital & Partner Relations for Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Network. Iheoma joined Gift of Hope in 2015 and served as Senior Donation Coordinator to one of the nation’s busiest trauma centers. In 2021 she joined management team and now leads a team of Hospital Development Donation Coordinators who serve a variety of hospitals in Chicago and Northwest Indiana ranging from a small community-based hospitals to large academic institutions. Iheoma focuses on the effective use of OPO and hospital metrics to drive collaborative and sustainable results. She completed University of Chicago’s certificate program on advanced data analytics for business professionals.   Iheoma has been an active member of AMAT (Association for Multicultural Affairs for Transplantation) since 2017 and currently serves as a member of the Governing Board.

Although born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, she was raised in Selma, Alabama where she developed a strong desire to address health care access in minority communities. After earning her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Chicago and graduate degree in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University, she continued to work with communities through the Chicago and Northwest Indiana area to increase access to health care resources. She is an innovator, researcher, mother and long time resident of the Hyde Park community.

Patient Group: Adult, Pediatric & Neonatal

Connections to the Cause

Donor Family, Other

Alliance Presentations

OPO Performance Measurements

OPOs and Donor Hospitals Working Together to Improve the CMS Organ Donation Rate

Thursday, April 25, 2024, at 2:00pm

New CMS Performance Metrics for OPOs went into effect in 2022. All OPOs will be evaluated using these new metrics in 2026, based on their performance in 2024. How are OPOs collaborating with donor hospitals to improve their CMS Organ Donation Rate? During this webinar, we will hear about innovative ways that OPO leaders and staff are leveraging data to educate and engage their hospital partners to maximize organ donation and eliminate missed opportunities to save more lives through organ transplantation.

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FPA Resistance: Building and Leveraging Relationships

Tuesday, August 24, 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: Families frequently overrule the wishes of dying patients who are registered organ donors. Our discussion will focus on providing examples of effective relationships and how they have leveraged their bond in establishing an FPA resistance protocol. Health literacy issues and identifying factors that influence FPA resistance in multi-cultural communities will create some lively and insightful conversations.

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.