The Association of Donor Recruitment Professionals (ADRP) presented The Community Blood Center President/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) John Hagins with The Ronald O. Gilcher, MD Award at their annual conference in Orlando, Florida on May 20, 2016.
In the company of his staff and peers, Hagins expressed his gratitude during an acceptance speech at the conference. “I would like to thank the ADRP Awards Committee and those who nominated me and endorsed my nomination for this award,” he stated. “I am not only humbled to be in the company of such distinguished past recipients, but the fact that this recognition would come from peers that I admire makes this so special.
ADRP President-Elect Christine Hayes presented Hagins with the award, attributing his outstanding leadership and dedication as determining factors in selecting him as the recipient. “It has been said that good leaders possess positive personal characteristics such as integrity, dedication, vision, a sense of fairness and creativity,” she shared. “Above all, good leaders know how to inspire the best in others by being good listeners and motivators. Those who nominated John Hagins for the Ronald Gilcher Award say that John exhibits all those characteristics on a daily basis.”
As an ADRP committee member, board member, as well as serving a term as the organization’s President, Hagins served as guiding force and visionary for ADRP. He helped to develop ADRP’s first strategic plan and when the board sought to update the plan a few years ago, they turned to Hagins to help facilitate a session to develop changes to the plan. His career began with the American Red Cross in 1987, serving in various roles including five years as the CEO of the Greater Alleghenies Region of American Red Cross. In November of 2013, Hagins joined The Community Blood Center as President/CEO.
Looking forward, Hagins continues his dedication for recruitment and aims to inspire new donors. “We have to act creatively, passionately and with a sense of purpose knowing that—as donor recruitment and collections professionals—we are the ones that will be the catalysts for engaging a broader spectrum of people in the selfless act of donating blood for someone they may never meet,” he shared. “I know this group is up to the challenge and I thank you for this award and for the work that you do every day to ensure patients have their tomorrows.”
The Association of Donor Recruitment Professionals (ADRP) is committed to being a leader in providing education, development and resources for the donor recruitment profession. ADRP is an international organization that has been dedicated to the donor recruitment profession for 38 years. Its members come from countries around the globe, including Australia, Canada, Scotland, Finland, Brazil, South Africa, Nigeria, New Zealand and the United States. Led by its Executive Committee and Board of Directors, ADRP provides education, development and resources for the donor recruitment profession.
The Ronald O. Gilcher, MD Award recognizes a senior executive who has made significant contributions to the recruitment profession in a variety of capacities. ADRP established this award in 2004 in honor of Ron Gilcher, a visionary blood banker who created and championed numerous important safety, technology and recruitment initiatives.
The Community Blood Center was established in 1955 and continues today as an independent nonprofit providing a safe and reliable blood supply to hospitals in Northeast Wisconsin, the Northwoods and upper Michigan. The Community Blood Center has donor centers in Appleton, Oshkosh, Little Chute and Woodruff, plus hosts over 100 blood drives every month. For more information on how you can donate blood or host a blood drive, please visit www.communityblood.org or call 800-280-4102.
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