Vienna, VA, June 28, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- On Thursday June 19th, 2014, the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) recognized Lori Brigham by presenting her with the Association’s 2014 President’s Award. The national award was presented by the current AOPO president, Susan Stuart of Pittsburgh, “to an individual who demonstrates outstanding leadership and achievements in the organ procurement field.”
In front of a crowd of more than 800 meeting attendees in Baltimore, Ms. Stuart announced that Ms. Brigham “will not except status quo and challenges each of us to move out of our comfort zone and to have a voice locally and nationally.” She went on to say that she is “extremely grateful for her friendship, insight, and guidance” over the course of the past year.
Ms. Brigham has served as a member of the UNOS Board as Chair of the UNOS OPO Committee, and the Corporate Affairs Committee, and on numerous other UNOS, HRSA and AOPO committees, councils, task forces and special work groups, and recently served as the President of the Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance. She continues to be active nationally in the donation and transplantation community of practice. She is currently the President & Chief Executive Officer of the Washington Regional Transplant Community in Washington, D.C and President of Donate Life Maryland.
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.