Vienna, VA, June 28, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- On Thursday June 19th, 2014, the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) recognized Sue Dunn by presenting her with the Association’s 2014 Achievement Award. The award was generously sponsored by CryoLife, Inc. The Achievement Award is bestowed to an individual who demonstrates significant professional and/or personal contributions in support of the mission and vision of AOPO.
Ms. Dunn received the AOPO Achievement Award for her 25 years of dedication to organ and tissue recovery. Mr. Eidbo announced that Ms. Dunn “is leading the charge to ensure that lifesaving and healing transplants are available to patients in need, in Colorado and Wyoming as well as around the country. Ms. Dunn’s admirable efforts to raise the local awareness of donation has led to tremendous results, including markedly increasing donor designation and growing to boast some of the highest donor authorization rates in the country – all ultimately translating to more lives saved and healed.”
Ms. Dunn has served as a member of the UNOS Board and the Corporate Affairs Committee, and on numerous other UNOS, HRSA and AOPO committees, councils, task forces and special work groups. She has served as AOPO President, and is currently the President of the Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance. She is currently the President & Chief Executive Officer of Donor Alliance in Denver, Colorado.
AOPO is a non-profit, national organization representing all federally-designated organ procurement organizations (OPOs). The association represents and serves OPOs through advocacy, support and the development of activities that will maximize the availability of organs and tissues and enhance the quality, effectiveness and integrity of the donation process.
OPOs are federally-designated non-profit organizations that are responsible for coordinating organ and tissue donation across the United States, bridging the gap between the generous donation of organs and tissues, and the thousands in need of these life-saving and life enhancing gifts. The federal government has designated 58 organizations in the U.S. to oversee the organ donation process. These organizations are the national stewards of the donation, and they work collaboratively with hospitals, medical professionals and their local community to build the programs, the systems and processes needed to make donation possible.