Dean F. Kappel of Missouri Receives Award from Association of Organ Procurement Organizations

Vienna, VA, August 20, 2015 –(– On Wednesday, June 10th, 2015, the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) recognized Dean F. Kappel by presenting him with the Association’s 2015 Excellence in Leadership Award. This award is generously sponsored by the Nathan Sallop Insurance Agency. This national award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated excellence in leadership through outstanding management achievements and/or innovative practices in the organ procurement field. Kappel was presented with this award at AOPO’s 32nd Annual Meeting.

In front of a crowd of nearly 900 meeting attendees in Phoenix, AOPO President Kent Holloway announced that, “There is no question this individual [Kappel] has dedicated a lifetime of service on behalf of those who give, those who grieve and those who wait for the precious gift of life and health.” Mr. Kappel is known across the industry as a visionary who takes intelligent risks, and many of his ideas have influenced OPOs nationwide.

Dean F. Kappel currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Mid-America Transplant Services, an Organ Procurement Organization (OPO) serving eastern Missouri, southern Illinois, and northeast Arkansas.

About AOPO
AOPO is a non-profit, national organization representing all federally-designated organ procurement organizations (OPOs). The association represents and serves OPOs through advocacy, support and the development of activities that will maximize the availability of organs and tissues and enhance the quality, effectiveness and integrity of the donation process.

About OPOs
OPOs are federally-designated non-profit organizations that are responsible for coordinating organ and tissue donation across the United States, bridging the gap between the generous donation of organs and tissues, and the thousands in need of these life-saving and life enhancing gifts. The federal government has designated 58 organizations in the U.S. to oversee the organ donation process. These organizations are the national stewards of the donation, and they work collaboratively with hospitals, medical professionals and their local community to build the programs, the systems and processes needed to make donation possible.
Contact Information
Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO)
Melissa Margulies
703-556-4242 ext. 200