By Laura Lesley
University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing alumna Margaret S. (Peggy) Blood, RN, MSN, received the first annual Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) Coordinator Leadership Award from the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs (ASAIO).
Blood was honored at the ASAIO 64th Annual Conference held June 13-16, 2018 in Washington, D.C. She was nominated by three different individuals from three states and selected from a pool of nominees from across the globe based on her decades of experience in working with life-sustaining devices for heart failure patients and her expertise in the field.
Currently serving as Manager of VAD and ECMO Programs at UAB Hospital, Blood has previously served the hospital as Cardiothoracic Transplant Coordinator, Clinical Nurse Specialist of the Heart Transplant Intensive Care Unit, Mechanical Circulatory Support Device Program Coordinator and Manager of the Mechanical Circulatory Support Device Program.
Blood is a past recipient of the UAB Health System Clinical Excellence Award for Advanced Practice Nursing. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing from the UAB School of Nursing in 1975.