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  • Supplier Management

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 01/26/2022 at 2:00 PM (EST)

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    Michael Hidock, BS

    Michael leads the organization that provides pharmaceutical consulting service solutions to our clients including GMP and Quality Management services, validation services, business transformations, risk analysis, resource management, quality compliance audits. Michael has Nineteen years of Quality Management experience within pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing to support company and client leadership including development, implementation and management of core Quality Management Systems (QMS).

     

    Prior to joining IQVIA, Michael was a Sr. Consultant at Sequence Inc. Michael earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Indiana Wesleyan University and an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Cuyahoga Community College.

  • Supplier Management (Group)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 01/26/2022 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    Pending

    Pending

    Michael Hidock, BS

    Michael leads the organization that provides pharmaceutical consulting service solutions to our clients including GMP and Quality Management services, validation services, business transformations, risk analysis, resource management, quality compliance audits. Michael has Nineteen years of Quality Management experience within pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing to support company and client leadership including development, implementation and management of core Quality Management Systems (QMS).

     

    Prior to joining IQVIA, Michael was a Sr. Consultant at Sequence Inc. Michael earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Indiana Wesleyan University and an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Cuyahoga Community College.

  • Our Four Tendencies - How We Manage Our Own and Others Expectations (Group)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 01/19/2022 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    This session explains the 4 Tendencies Model of how we manage expectations of ourselves and others and how leaders can determine where their people fall and how to manage them.

    This session explains the 4 Tendencies Model of how we manage expectations of ourselves and others and how leaders can determine where their people fall and how to manage them.

    Diane Bickford

    Diane Bickford has a master's degree in social work and has maintained her ASQ certification in Quality Management and Organizational Excellence since 2000. She received her Six Sigma Black Belt in 2010.  She has over 20 years of  quality management and operations experience in a variety of healthcare settings including adult MH/MR, skilled nursing facilities and children's psychiatric care. Diane received her training in Professional Coaching from Duquesne University and is certified through the International Coaches Federation.

    Diane's leadership experience has been in both for and non-profit organizations. At the Center for Organ Recovery and Education, Diane oversees regulatory affairs, human resources/organizational development and all process improvement functions. Diane has developed and implemented quality management and process improvement programs throughout organizations. She has designed and presented numerous training courses to include: advanced level leadership training, communication skills, time management, team building, supervision, quality management and process improvement. Diane also functions as an internal professional coach. Diane is actively involved in several quality initiatives in the OPO community and is currently serving as member of the UNOS Operations & Safety Committee.

  • Our Four Tendencies - How We Manage Our Own and Others Expectations

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 01/19/2022 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    The Four Tendencies model, designed by Gretchen Rubin, divides us into four groups: Upholders, Obligers, Questioners and Rebels. Understanding this framework will bring to light why you do certain things and why your team members either do, don’t do or constantly question what is asked of them! This session explains the 4 Tendencies Model of how we manage expectations of ourselves and others and how leaders can determine where their people fall and how to manage them.

    The Four Tendencies model, designed by Gretchen Rubin, divides us into four groups: Upholders, Obligers, Questioners and Rebels. Understanding this framework will bring to light why you do certain things and why your team members either do, don’t do or constantly question what is asked of them! This session explains the 4 Tendencies Model of how we manage expectations of ourselves and others and how leaders can determine where their people fall and how to manage them.

    Diane Bickford

    Diane Bickford has a master's degree in social work and has maintained her ASQ certification in Quality Management and Organizational Excellence since 2000. She received her Six Sigma Black Belt in 2010.  She has over 20 years of  quality management and operations experience in a variety of healthcare settings including adult MH/MR, skilled nursing facilities and children's psychiatric care. Diane received her training in Professional Coaching from Duquesne University and is certified through the International Coaches Federation.

    Diane's leadership experience has been in both for and non-profit organizations. At the Center for Organ Recovery and Education, Diane oversees regulatory affairs, human resources/organizational development and all process improvement functions. Diane has developed and implemented quality management and process improvement programs throughout organizations. She has designed and presented numerous training courses to include: advanced level leadership training, communication skills, time management, team building, supervision, quality management and process improvement. Diane also functions as an internal professional coach. Diane is actively involved in several quality initiatives in the OPO community and is currently serving as member of the UNOS Operations & Safety Committee.

  • Virtual 2021 Annual Meeting

    Contains 1 Product(s)

    This inspiring conference will provide attendees with educational programming focused on how our industry continues to rise to the challenges of tomorrow by continuing to honor the gift of donation through the pandemic, innovating to adjust business practices to fit new requirements, and navigating the future.

    This inspiring conference will provide attendees with educational programming focused on how our industry continues to rise to the challenges of tomorrow by continuing to honor the gift of donation through the pandemic, innovating to adjust business practices to fit new requirements, and navigating the future. 

  • Donor Family and Recipient Communications Best Practices

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11/10/2021 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    Providing donor family members and recipients opportunities to communicate provides meaningful support for donor families. This session highlights successful tissue donor family and recipient correspondence programs, including process guidelines, resources, and key takeaways that are important for a writing program's success.

    Providing donor family members and recipients opportunities to communicate provides meaningful support for donor families. This session highlights successful tissue donor family and recipient correspondence programs, including process guidelines, resources, and key takeaways that are important for a writing program's success.

    ​Patricia Darrigan, CTBS

    Patricia Darrigan is the Director of Public Relations and Communications at Legacy Donor Services Foundation. Her role with the Foundation is to develop and lead a communication and relationship-building plan that supports tissue donation activities in areas served by the organization. Some examples include donor memorials, bereavement/aftercare, donor awareness events, professional education for nursing and medical examiner staff, and public & media relations. 

     Ms. Darrigan has over 27-years of tissue donation experience. Prior to her career in tissue donation, she worked in the operating room for 13 years with a specialty in Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, and Open Heart, where human tissue grafts were often used to treat patients. Her love in caring for donor families has always been held in high regard, and she does what it takes to assure that the needs of donor families are met.

    Deborah Hutt

    Director, Donor Family Services

    Deborah has been with LifeNet Health since 2011 beginning her career as a Family Support Coordinator, working with families in the hospital at the time of their loved one’s death. She approached families for donation, provided education on donation, completed all necessary paperwork, and supported the family until their loved one went for procurement.  In 2014 Deborah became the Manager for Donor Family Services and was promoted to Director of Donor Family Services in 2015. Prior to coming to LifeNet Health, Deborah served as Director of Children’s Ministries Family Ministries at two local churches and led a team of consultants in direct sales as an Advanced Director. Prior to that, she was an elementary guidance counselor with Norfolk Public Schools implementing the guidance program, writing curriculum and securing grants to provide additional services to students within the school.

    Deborah earned her Master of Science in Education from Old Dominion University and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Radford University. She is an active member of the AATB Donor Family Services Council and the AOPO Donor Family Services Council. 

  • Donor Family and Recipient Communications Best Practices (Group)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11/10/2021 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    Providing donor family members and recipients opportunities to communicate provides meaningful support for donor families. This session highlights successful tissue donor family and recipient correspondence programs, including process guidelines, resources, and key takeaways that are important for a writing program's success.

    Providing donor family members and recipients opportunities to communicate provides meaningful support for donor families. This session highlights successful tissue donor family and recipient correspondence programs, including process guidelines, resources, and key takeaways that are important for a writing program's success.

    ​Patricia Darrigan, CTBS

    Patricia Darrigan is the Director of Public Relations and Communications at Legacy Donor Services Foundation. Her role with the Foundation is to develop and lead a communication and relationship-building plan that supports tissue donation activities in areas served by the organization. Some examples include donor memorials, bereavement/aftercare, donor awareness events, professional education for nursing and medical examiner staff, and public & media relations. 

     Ms. Darrigan has over 27-years of tissue donation experience. Prior to her career in tissue donation, she worked in the operating room for 13 years with a specialty in Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, and Open Heart, where human tissue grafts were often used to treat patients. Her love in caring for donor families has always been held in high regard, and she does what it takes to assure that the needs of donor families are met.

    Deborah Hutt

    Director, Donor Family Services

    Deborah has been with LifeNet Health since 2011 beginning her career as a Family Support Coordinator, working with families in the hospital at the time of their loved one’s death. She approached families for donation, provided education on donation, completed all necessary paperwork, and supported the family until their loved one went for procurement.  In 2014 Deborah became the Manager for Donor Family Services and was promoted to Director of Donor Family Services in 2015. Prior to coming to LifeNet Health, Deborah served as Director of Children’s Ministries Family Ministries at two local churches and led a team of consultants in direct sales as an Advanced Director. Prior to that, she was an elementary guidance counselor with Norfolk Public Schools implementing the guidance program, writing curriculum and securing grants to provide additional services to students within the school.

    Deborah earned her Master of Science in Education from Old Dominion University and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Radford University. She is an active member of the AATB Donor Family Services Council and the AOPO Donor Family Services Council. 

  • Donor Mother Infectious Disease Testing

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11/03/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    In this session, we will review current trends and requirements in birth tissue donor screening and infectious disease testing of donor mother samples.

    In this session, we will review current trends and requirements in birth tissue donor screening and infectious disease testing of donor mother samples.  

    Crag Thomsen

  • Donor Mother Infectious Disease Testing (Group)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11/03/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    In this session, we will review current trends and requirements in birth tissue donor screening and infectious disease testing of donor mother samples.

    In this session, we will review current trends and requirements in birth tissue donor screening and infectious disease testing of donor mother samples.  

    Crag Thomsen

  • AATB Membership Webinar

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 10/18/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    During this program, Nick Navarro, with Biologos, LLC, and Michael Gilbert, with CryoLife, Inc., will discuss AATB individual memberships. Nick and Michael will discuss how to be heard and be active by joining AATB committees and councils, an overview of these groups, and videos shared by members of their experiences as AATB members. The Co-Chairs of the AATB Membership Committee, Mark DeFilippis, and Patrick Abdel Messih will participate in a live Q & A session at the end of the presentation.

    During this program, Nick Navarro, with Biologos, LLC, and Michael Gilbert, with CryoLife, Inc., will discuss AATB individual memberships. Nick and Michael will discuss how to be heard and be active by joining AATB committees and councils, an overview of these groups, and videos shared by members of their experiences as AATB members.

    The Co-Chairs of the AATB Membership Committee, Mark DeFilippis, and Patrick Abdel Messih will participate in a live Q & A session at the end of the presentation.

    Mark DeFilippis, MBA, CTBS

    Director, Tissue Operations Center, New England Donor Services

    Mark is the Director of the Tissue Operations Center at New England Donor Services and is responsible for the 24-hour operations center. Mark has been with New England Donor Services for over fifteen years, he has served in the Quality Department as well as in the Operations Center determining donor eligibility and working with families to obtain authorization. Mark is the co-chair of the Membership Committee, he is currently the Secretary of the RADE Council as well a member of The AOPO Tissue Council. Mark  is a Certified Tissue Banking Specialist.

    Michael Gilbert, MBA, CTBS

    Technical Trainer

    Michael E. Gilbert, MBA, CTBS is a Technical Trainer, Donor Services with CryoLife. He is a 2010 graduate of Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor Degree in Sport Management, and a 2012 graduate of Shorter University with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Michael obtained his CTBS designation in 2006, and is also certified as an Emergency Medical Technician with the Pennsylvania Department of Health. 

    Michael began working at CryoLife in 2004, after transitioning from a career in the Fire/EMS industry. He started as a Donor Services Coordinator in the Donation Support center where he would screen donors with the Recovery Partners. After about a decade in the role (with increasing responsibilities) he was promoted to his current position as a Technical Trainer. As a Trainer, Michael has held workshops with Recovery Partners across the country, focusing on cardiovascular tissue recovery techniques. 

    ​Patrick AbdelMessih, BS, CTBS, CEBT

    Patrick AbdelMessih is Vice President of Recovery Operations for Birth Tissue Donor Services of Tennessee, a mission-driven organization that acquires birth tissue to help those in need of transplantable grafts.

    Patrick has been in the tissue banking industry for over 25 years. He started in eye banking and eventually moved into cadaveric tissue, overseeing operations for a large OPO in Tennessee for almost a decade before moving into his current role in birth tissue.  

    Patrick has been involved in multiple AATB workgroups and contributed to the recently updated physical assessment in the current edition of the published AATB standards. He is currently co-chair of the AATB Membership Committee.  

    Patrick received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Virginia. He is certified as an Eye Bank Technician through The Eye Bank Association of America and as a Tissue Bank Specialist (AATB).

    Nick Navarro

    Nick has spent the majority of his career working for or with accredited tissue banks. For the last five years, Nick has served as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Biologos. Where he has had the unique opportunity to partner with many tissue processing teams around the country. He is excited to be a part of the Membership Committee and the Living Donor Council. He is also a proud tissue recipient and appreciates the incredible gift of donation!