Jamie Harwood is a Registered Nurse with more than 20 years of nursing experience. He graduated from Methodist School of Nursing in 1997 with a Diploma in Nursing and he completed his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Pennsylvania State University in 2015. While studying at Penn State, Jamie completed course work in Forensic Nursing and is a Certified Forensic Nurse. In December 2016, Jamie was elected to serve as the Peoria County Coroner where he leads a team of 8 deputy coroners whom respond to more than 3,000 reported deaths annually. Jamie is a living kidney donor and is a member of the Coroner Advisory Group 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!