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Employee Profiles: Mary

Mary is a Community/Family Services Specialist who has been with UW Hospital and Clinics since August 2003.
 
How would you describe what you do at UW Hospital and Clinics?
My role at UW Hospital and Clinics is to educate the public and medical community about organ donation and transplantation. Because of my personal experience as a donor mom, I get to share a unique perspective to thousands of people about organ donation. I love that in my job, I get the Mary Nachreiner, Community/Family Services Specialist, UW Hospital and Clinicsopportunity to develop and implement so many great programs to honor and support donor families.
 
Why UW Hospital and Clinics?
My journey began at UW Hospital and Clinics when my daughter, Kelly, sustained a severe head injury. Because Kelly and our entire family were so well cared for during her hospitalization and following her organ donation, UW Hospital and Clinics became an integral part of a healing journey. The hospital staff was incredibly supportive to our family. I actually volunteered with UW Organ and Tissue Donation at UW Hospital for a couple years before coming to work with them. My time spent volunteering helped me know that UW Organ and Tissue Donation is where I wanted to work.
 
What would you tell someone if they asked you what you like best about UW Hospital and Clinics?
The commitment to patients and families. This starts at the top (with administration). And the pride I have when traveling nationwide and hear from others in the national organ donation/transplantation community and experience the fact that UW Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplant service lines are recognized as being national leaders. Over and over, I get asked, "What do you do in Wisconsin to achieve such great (donation and transplantation) outcomes?"
 
What is your proudest moment?
Every time I get to share my daughter, Kelly's story and legacy. It is a privilege to share what a delightful, giving person she was and always will be in my heart. Her one "simple" decision to be an organ donor has not only saved the lives of three people, but prompted legislation in her name which continues to offer hope to others.