Jill Grandas Named Gold Stevie® Award Winner in 9th Annual Awards for Women in Business

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Jill Grandas, RN, CPTC, corporate executive director at DCI Donor Services, Inc. (DCIDS), won a gold Stevie Award in the 9th Annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business. Grandas was recognized in the “Female Executive of the Year – Government or Non-Profit – Up to 2,500 Employees” category.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business are the world’s top honors for female entrepreneurs, executives, and the organizations they run. The “Female Executive of the Year” category recognizes the past year’s achievements by female executives that have helped their organizations excel.

“I’m very pleased that we were able to conclude our tenth year of organizing Stevie Awards programs with a very successful Women in Business event,” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards.  “This year’s Stevie Award-winning women are the most accomplished, impressive group we’ve ever had.  Their stories of success will be an inspiration to women around the globe who dream of starting and growing a business and making a difference in the world.”

For more than 25 years, Jill Grandas has helped people receive life-saving organ transplants. Today she does this while overseeing DCIDS, a non-profit family of organ procurement organizations comprised of Tennessee Donor Services, Sierra Donor Services, New Mexico Donor Services and DCI Donor Services Tissue Bank.

Under Jill’s direction, DCIDS has experienced tremendous growth with a 25% increase in transplanted organs and a 32% decrease in staff turnover. According to 2010 data, DCIDS is one of the largest organ procurement organization in the country, serving 9.4 million people.

“I’m humbled to receive the gold Stevie Award,” Grandas said. “While this recognition is an honor, there is still much to do. Thousands of people are in need of an organ transplant, and I hope this award raises awareness of how organ donation can make a significant impact.”

People can join the organ donation registry by visiting www.donatelife.net.

The organ transplant waiting list is growing at the rate of 1,000 people per month, or one person every 13 minutes. But because of Jill’s dedication, more than 30,000 people within DCIDS’ donor service area received needed organs or tissue in 2011 alone.

In 2012, Jill joined organizations across the country an initiative on the social network Facebook to increase organ donations.  Facebook added a feature that allows people to share their organ donor status. She led her team at DCIDS in promoting this new feature, which produced an historic surge in online donor registrations.

She also was a key leader in the rebranding of DCIDS and the construction of a new website to ensure DCIDS kept current within the industry.

Jill’s work goes beyond DCIDS. She is part of the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations, where she serves on the Standards and Accreditation Committee as well as the Legislative &Regulatory Affairs committee.  Also, she has served on both the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Membership and Professional Standards Subcommittee and the Kidney/Pancreas Committee. Additionally, she is a member of the North American Transplant Coordinators Association and is listed on the American Registry of Transplant Coordinators.

Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word for “crowned,” the awards were presented to winners during a dinner at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. Stevie Award winners were selected by more than 200 executives worldwide who participated in the judging process this year. All individuals and organizations worldwide are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small. The 2012 awards received entries from 17 nations and territories.

Details about the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of Finalists in all categories are available at www.stevieawards.com/women.