Southwest Transplant Alliance Execs Receive National Recognition

Two Southwest Transplant Alliance executives won national awards at the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations’ annual conference, including the first-ever lifetime achievement recognition.

The STA is one of the nation’s largest nonprofits for the facilitation of organ transplantation. It’s the middle-man, serving as the link between the organ donor and the organ recipient, organizing flights that will get the surgeons to the hospitals in time to remove the organs. They’ll go in blue coolers and be taken to where the recipient is—whether that’s down a freeway or across the state. STA, like the 57 other organ procurement organizations in this country, saves lives. Learn more here.

They all gathered in Austin last month and STA’s No. 1 and No. 2 both landed big awards. Patti Niles, the CEO and president, won the President’s Award for exceptional leadership and guidance. And Burt Mattice, chief operating officer, received the first-ever Lifetime Achievement award. Only those who’ve been with an OPO for more than 10 years qualified. Mattice has been with the group for more than 30.

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