Susan M. Dunn graduated from Creighton University School of Nursing with a Bachelor of Science degree in May 1978. Since then, she has devoted most of her career – 23 years – to the donation and recovery of organs and tissue for people needing transplantation. She has been passionate in her efforts to educate others about the importance of organ and tissue donation and, along the way, has helped save and improve the quality of lives for thousands of Americans.
Ms. Dunn began her work in the donation field in 1984 as donor coordinator for the American Red Cross in St. Paul, Minnesota, which operated one of the first Red Cross tissue banks in the country.
She joined Donor Alliance, an organ procurement and tissue bank serving Colorado and most of Wyoming, in 1989, becoming president and chief operating officer in 2004. As head of that organization, she has overseen a 15 percent increase in organ donors and a 28 percent increase in tissue donors. In 2006, Donor Alliance’s organ conversion rate ranked third in the country.
For her efforts, Ms. Dunn has received numerous honors, including the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations’ achievement and presidential awards, the National Kidney Foundation’s Trustees Award, and the Colorado Kidney Foundation’s Health Advancement Achievement Award.
Ms. Dunn has been generous in the giving of her time to Creighton University as well. She has served on Creighton’s Denver Alumni Advisory Board and was a nursing faculty member with Creighton’s Institute for Latin American Concern, which provides free health care and other service in the Dominican Republic.
The Creighton University School of Nursing is proud to bestow on Ms. Dunn its Alumni Merit Award for her undeniable contributions to alma mater and to the field of organ and tissue donations.
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