Hospital Professionals

Hospital Professionals

Our medical and hospital partners play a crucial role in making donation possible by identifying and referring potential donors in a timely manner. When medical eligibility and consent for donation are confirmed, we collaborate to support donor families, coordinate successful donation and, ultimately, provide lifesaving and life-enhancing organ and tissue transplants for people in need.

Gift of Hope Hospital Development offers a series of Continuing Education Webinars. Registration is required. See below for more information.

Upcoming Events

To suggest a future webinar topic, contact your Hospital Development contact, found here.


Effective End of Life Conversations and their Impact on Donation
Thursday, September 22
Noon-1:00 p.m.
1 CEU for nurses offered

Presenters include:
Deepak S. Nair, MD, Vascular & Critical Care Neurologist,
OSF Healthcare Saint Francis, OSF Illinois Neurological Institute

Karen C. White, MD, PhD, Critical Care/Neurocritical Care Specialist
Carle Foundation Hospital

Emily Dillon, MA, LCPC, Manager, Donation Specialists
Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network

Topics presented will include:

  • improving communication with the care team, family and Gift of Hope
  • preparing families for brain death testing and end of life decisions
  • explaining brain death to families
  • bridging the conversation to the subject of donation
  • the importance of timing in conversations about donation.

Register for the FREE online webinar by September 9.


Ethics in Organ and Tissue Donation
December – date TBA

Past Webinars

Changing Criteria to Expand the Donor Pool
Thursday, June 16
3-4:00 pm


  • David Lee, MD, Loyola Medicine
  • Lacey Deloera, MSN, RN, CPTC, Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network
  • Family of an HIV+ organ donor

Case Studies: Considerations in Pediatric Brain Death Donation
Thursday, April 21


  • Sue J. Hong, MD, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
  • Meghana Nadiger, MD, FAAP, OSF Healthcare Children’s Hospital of Illinois
  • Kelsey Bastian, RN, mother of a pediatric heart transplant recipient

To suggest a future webinar topic, contact your Hospital Development contact, found here.

Check back as new continuing education opportunities and programs are announced.

Click here for programs and events for the public and donor families throughout Illinois and northwest Indiana.

Layout Settings