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Building And Maintaining A Healthy Tissue Recovery Program

This session recorded session was presented as a part of the 2020 Virtual QDEW . 

Shannon Renaud, MHA, CTBS

Tissue Procurement Trainer

Shannon has been involved in the tissue bank community since 1998.  She began her work in transplant at the University of California San Francisco Tissue Bank as a tissue team leader and developing comprehensive training programs. She later moved to Arizona and worked in Quality & Regulatory Affairs for the Donor Network of Arizona. Shannon then worked at Transplant for Life, first as the Director of Quality and later as the Tissue Bank Director where she helped develop the facility’s birth tissue program.   She currently works for Gift of Life Michigan as the Tissue Procurement Trainer.   

Shannon received her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from Cornell College and her master’s in health administration from Grand Canyon University.

Emmitt Savannah, III, BS, CTBS

Tissue Technical Training Supervisor

Emmitt A. Savannah, III is the Tissue Technical Training Supervisor at LifeGift Donation Center, where Emmitt provides leadership, supervision, development and implementation of training programs for LifeGift Donation Center in all its Texas regions that reinforce accepted industry practices and comply with organizational operating procedures, AATB standards, and FDA regulations.

Emmitt has worked in the donation industry for over 9 years, has been with LifeGift for 7 of them, and is passionate about leadership, training, and developing people and teams as well as developing the programs in which they work to achieve goals efficiently. Emmitt is a Certified Tissue Bank Specialist and serves on the Leadership Team at LifeGift Donation Center. Emmitt has obtained a wealth of experience in the tissue donation industry as he has progressed upward positionally to his current role while learning leadership, process development and improvement strategies.

Before launching a career in Tissue Donation, Emmitt studied at the University of Houston toward a Bachelor of Science in Biology and minored in Health. Emmitt wanted to do something meaningful and dwelled on what he was passionate about as a young senior college student and how he wanted to make a difference. Emmitt's values of science and healthcare have driven him to excel and contribute in the way he is doing so today and hopes to continue doing in the many years ahead. Emmitt is now pursuing a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification to enhance and strengthen his effectiveness of improving current training and learning systems and various programs within LifeGift.

Emmitt's methodical work with LifeGift, along with his team of dedicated recovery staff and trainers, has led to the development of a solid training curriculum in all 3 regions in Texas where LifeGift is located. Emmitt tends to think "how can we do it better" rather than think "this is why we cannot". 

Emmitt was awarded the Dr. Van Buren award, a distinguished award within LifeGift, for embodying the core values of passion, compassion, and professionalism, which was highly exemplified in LifeGift's former Medical Director, Dr. Van Buren, after which the award was named in his honor. "When you love what you do, you do not have to try to make a difference or an impression. You are the difference and the impression. " - Emmitt Savannah

Emmitt loves playing piano, writing music, and enjoying quality time with his wife and two sons. 

Please email esavannah@lifegift.org or go to his LinkedIn page provided to contact Emmitt.

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