As President and CEO of Mid-America Transplant, Diane Brockmeier oversees strategic operations, including key partnerships with more than 120 hospitals and transplant centers located throughout Missouri, northeast Arkansas and southern Illinois. She has been with the organization for over 35 years, first as a nurse and organ procurement coordinator and then rising through the ranks to becoming President and CEO in February 2016. Her key accomplishments include overseeing the design, construction and use of a first-in-the-nation, on-site surgical suite for organ and tissue recovery, which led to praise by donor hospitals and transplant surgeons for its enhanced quality control and efficiency. To date, her leadership has overseen the largest industry experience in the utilization of free-standing Organ Recovery Centers (over 2,500 organ donors) with increasing donor management research efforts to drive improved outcomes while maintaining some of the lowest organ acquisition charges in the nation. Brockmeier was instrumental in quality and organizational changes that resulted in Mid-America Transplant being awarded the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2015 and again 2021. The organization is the first in the industry to be awarded this prestigious honor twice. Mid-America Transplant’s journey with Baldrige led to lifesaving changes, more than doubling organs transplanted.