From L to R: Loreen Fontanilla, Overlake IT Analyst, and
Scott Connelly, Overlake Manager of IT Technology Services

Each month, LifeCenter Northwest selects a LifeSaver Award winner. This award honors and recognizes those who go above and beyond to save lives—honoring our shared values to improve donation culture and outcomes.

We are thrilled to present this month’s LifeSaver Award to Scott Connelly, Manager of IT Technology Services at Overlake Medical Center & Clinics in Bellevue, Wash.!

When you think of organ donation in the hospital, you likely don’t think about IT as part of that process. However, IT teams play a pivotal role in supporting the donation process, even though they rarely get the recognition they deserve for helping to save lives through organ and tissue donation.

Specifically, gaining access to patients’ medical charts and health records is incredibly important for LifeCenter’s clinical staff to help coordinate and evaluate potential organ and tissue donors. At Overlake, Scott (and his IT team) have been constant supporters of the donation process.

With Scott leading the way, LifeCenter’s clinical staff members quickly receive the crucial electronic medical record (EMR) access they need at Overlake to perform clinical evaluations and provide organ donor management for potential donors at the hospital. By enabling this access, Scott and his team also reduce the burden on frontline care team members and create a much more efficient workflow.

Whether we are working together on EMR process improvement initiatives or last-minute requests for EMR access for new staff, Scott is always ready to step in. He is always solving problems or designing new technological solutions that benefit both Overlake and LifeCenter.

Despite juggling high volumes of IT requests from both the hospital and LifeCenter, Scott constantly demonstrates the service-minded values of compassion, collaboration, integrity and respect.

We are proud to give this month’s LifeSaver Award to Scott for always going above and beyond to ensure we can help those in need of the gift of life.