Dawn LeRoy, director of Critical Care at Presence Saint Francis Hospital, was named a 2013 Lifesaving Partner by the Gift of Hope Organization & Tissue Donor Network for outstanding achievement in addressing the need for organ and tissue donation. Gift of Hope’s Lifesaving Partner Awards honor the “Best of the Best” in organ and tissue donation, those people and organizations who have gone beyond the call of duty to make donation happen.

Ms. LeRoy worked tirelessly to educate staff, patients and families on the importance of organ donation, implementing policies to streamline the complex process of assisting potential donors and their family members in making the best decision for themselves and helping them fulfill their wishes. Since she assumed responsibility for managing the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit three years ago, Presence Saint Francis Hospital’s rate of converting potential donors to actual donors has increased to 88 percent, up from 67 percent from the year before.

“We are very proud of Dawn, for her outstanding achievement and for her dedication to saving lives, for giving hope and life to others,” said Roberta Luskin-Hawk, M.D., regional president of Presence Saint Joseph Hospital – Chicago and Presence Saint Francis Hospital. Ms. LeRoy continues to implement donor management strategies at the hospital and is currently working on catastrophic brain injury guidelines for the entire Presence Health system to help deepen the pool of eligible donors. 

“Through her dedicated support of our mission, Dawn continues to make donation part of the fabric throughout the entire Presence Health system,” said Gift of Hope President and CEO Kevin Cmunt. “She has truly positioned herself as a true lifesaving partner of Gift of Hope.”