Local Nurse Leader Receives National Kidney Foundation’s Highest Honor

jason huff transplant awardThe National Kidney Foundation (NKF), Greater Cincinnati Region, has awarded Jason Huff, UC Health administrative director of transplant services, with the 2016 President’s Award. The President’s Award is the highest honor given each year to an outstanding volunteer who has made significant contributions in support of the work of NKF to increase awareness of kidney disease, to support education and prevention of kidney disease in our community, and to provide more exposure for the National Kidney Foundation.

Huff was presented with his award Tuesday, April 26, at the Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee Division Annual Meeting in Columbus, Ohio.

Brenita L. Brooks, executive director, NKF Greater Cincinnati, states, “Jason has answered our call for help every time we have needed him. Last year, he headed up UC Health’s Kidney Walk Team, provided volunteers from UC Health to support our community outreach and screening programs, volunteered at our fundraising and program events, and championed support from UC Health to step up to be a much stronger partner in kidney health education, prevention and organ donation initiatives in the region.”

Huff serves on the NKF Board of Directors, its Medical Advisory Board, and is co-chair of the 2016 Kidney Walk, which will be held May 22, starting at Downtown Cincinnati’s Fountain Square.

Huff came to UC Medical Center in 2012 and in 2014 was named clinical director of transplant services. During his time as clinical director, he won several awards, including Leader of Year for UC Medical Center and a Leader of Year finalist for UC Health. In 2015, Huff received the Florence Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing, the Mount St. Joseph Distinguished Nurse Administrator Award and was nominated for the Cincinnati Business Courier’s 40 under 40 Award. In 2016, he was recognized by the Cincinnati Business Courier as a Health Care Hero award nominee.

“I was very surprised to receive this recognition,” says Huff. “NKF has many outstanding volunteers across our region so I am honored to represent UC Health and the work we have done in the community.”

“We are honored that Jason has been recognized for his vigorous commitment to enhancing and expanding the lives of our transplant patients,” says Jennifer Jackson, DNP, interim chief administrative officer at University of Cincinnati Medical Center. “He has made a significant contribution with a long-lasting impact. I could not think of a more deserving awardee.”

“It is through Huff’s commitment to transformational change in the renal community that he has successfully strengthened the relationship between UC Medical Center and NKF. These efforts have helped NKF continue to increase its footprint in the community and to give kidney disease the prominence it deserves,” adds Brooks.

For more information about the UC Health Transplant program visit: https://uchealth.com/transplant/

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