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The In Touch newsletter provides current information regarding national affairs and public policy issues, NATCO committee activities and articles written by and about NATCO members.  The newsletter allows members to keep current on the latest procedures and people in donation and transplantation.

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Greetings! I hope you all are enjoying the end of your summer. I can’t believe it is almost fall. It was wonderful to see so many of our members at our annual meeting three weeks ago at our annual meeting held in St Louis!

I am very much honored to serve as President of NATCO. I wanted to share my background with you. I have worked at University of Wisconsin Hospital for over 30 years. My nursing career began in critical care on a cardiothoracic unit. I cared for heart and lung transplant patients which I found very rewarding. My career ventured to a lung transplant coordinator and was promoted to manager of the cardiopulmonary transplant program for about 15 years. I am now the Program Director for UW Health Heart, Vascular and Thoracic Service Line where I develop and implement all programs and oversee our Heart Failure and Ventricular Device Programs. In addition I am a Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin where I teach leadership and ethics to prospective advanced nursing professionals. I am passionate about patient and family care.

My best friend from high school was a lung transplant recipient so I was also able to see firsthand how the gift of life makes such an impact on people’s lives.

As your NATCO President I will continue to lead our efforts in this professional organization that’s committed to the advancement of organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation.  We will continue to promote and enhance the relationship between donation and transplantation.  NATCO has so many benefits including ASTS Dual Membership, Research and Scientific Information, Networking, Education.

We invite all transplant and procurement professionals who are committed to the advancement of organ and tissue donation and transplantation to join their peers and make a difference.

Mary Francois

NATCO President

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