Susan Stuart

President & CEO
Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE)
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Brief Bio

Susan A. Stuart began her career in healthcare as a registered nurse, witnessing first-hand the comfort that donation offers donor families and the second chance at life that it offers recipients.

Today, as President & CEO of The Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE), Susan is honored to lead a staff of more than one hundred employees who, like herself, believe that donation is the right choice for every grieving family as well as for the recipients who receive those precious gifts of life.

CORE is one of 56 federally designated not-for-profit organ procurement organizations (OPOs) in the United States, serving more than five million people in western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Chemung County, NY. CORE coordinates the recovery and matching of organs, tissues and corneas for transplant within this service region and works tirelessly to create a culture of donation within the hospitals and communities the organizations serves. CORE’s mission is to Save and Heal lives through donation, ultimately ending the deaths of those on the transplant waiting list, while maintaining integrity for the donation process, dignity for the donors, and compassion for their families.

In 2019, CORE earned the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, a Presidential-level honor, the award recognizes exemplary U.S. organizations and businesses. CORE is one of only five Pennsylvania and two West Virginia organizations ever to achieve the Baldrige Award in its more than 30-year history.

Susan has served on several boards of directors, including Donate Life America and the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). Susan is the past president of the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO).

In 2016, Susan completed the year-long Baldrige Executive Fellows Program — nationally recognized as one of the top continuing education programs in leadership development worldwide.

Patient Group: Adult, Pediatric & Neonatal
Areas of Practice: Procurement

Connections to the Cause

Candidate, Donor Family, Recipient

Testimonial My experience with The Alliance has transpired for many years and has been a great opportunity to share best practices and to provide guidance in the transformation of CORE and its team members. CORE was actively involved in every Collaborative. Hospitals found the Collaboratives as an opportunity to hardwire information and best practices into their donation practices. The current information provided through the webinars is frequently utilized within the CORE organization.

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Lifelong Networks

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