Diane Brockmeier Joins Baldrige Foundation Board of Directors
The Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award appointed Diane Brockmeier, President and CEO of Mid-America Transplant, to a two-year term on its Board of Directors. “Following the Baldrige Framework for Excellence has made a tremendous impact in the communities we serve. In 2017, our work accounted for 718 lifesaving organ transplants, twice as many lives saved in a single year as when we began the Baldrige journey 15 years ago,” said Brockmeier. “The criteria continue to help us make important progress toward our vision to ensure organs and tissues are always available to those in need.”
Brockmeier has been with Mid-America Transplant for more than 30 years, including serving as Executive Vice President and COO when it received the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2015. Through its Baldrige journey, Mid-America Transplant has pursued performance excellence leading to exceptional growth over the past 15 years. In addition to the record year of organs made available for transplant in 2017, Mid-America Transplant also observed more people saying yes to tissue donation in 2017 helping tens of thousands of people.
“This is an exciting addition to our Board, and holds great promise for the continued growth and development of the entire Baldrige Enterprise,” said Foundation President and CEO Al Faber. “Diane is a proven leader and role-model. She is highly regarded throughout her industry and currently serves as President-elect of the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations. Diane has demonstrated a thorough commitment to Baldrige and the Foundation’s mission. She will be one of our most respected ambassadors.”
As a member of the board, Brockmeier hopes to inspire other organizations, including fellow organ procurement organizations, to follow the Baldrige model. “After experiencing firsthand the significant impact the Baldrige criteria has made on our organization, I am honored to begin contributing as a board member for the Baldrige Foundation,” said Brockmeier. “I look forward to promoting the Baldrige Enterprise and helping inspire organizations across the nation to achieve excellence in all they do.”
Since joining Mid-America Transplant as a nurse in 1986, Brockmeier has been nationally recognized for her collaborative efforts to establish key quality benchmarks and enhance organ and tissue donation recovery, quality and processing. Locally, Brockmeier has been recognized for her leadership in St. Louis’ healthcare industry as a 2016 Most Influential Business Woman by the St. Louis Business Journal, and a 2016 Healthcare Accomplishment Recognition Award recipient by the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association.
About Mid-America Transplant
Mid-America Transplant enables adults and children to receive lifesaving gifts through organ and tissue donations. For more than 40 years, it has facilitated and coordinated organ and tissue donation, and now serves 84 counties covering eastern Missouri, southern Illinois and northeast Arkansas that together are home to 4.7 million people. It saves lives by providing expert and compassionate care for organ and tissue donors, recipients and families, and transforms the clinical processes required to recover and transplant organs and tissues. Mid-America Transplant was the first such organization in the U.S. to use an in-house operating room for organ recovery and pioneered innovative models of increasing donor registry enrollment to provide more organs and tissues to those in need. It is federally designated as one of 58 such organizations in the U.S., and is the first organ procurement organization to be recognized as a recipient of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for Performance Excellence.