Honoring 100 for the 100th: Donna Spivey

Donna Spivey is a social worker for the Palliative Medicine Team on the campus of Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Donna is the original social worker of this ground breaking team which was one of the first palliative services in the nation to achieve accreditation through The Joint Commission. Donna has worked in the field of hospice and palliative medicine since 1998 where she has provided intervention, advocacy, and education in end of life care and the field of medical ethics. Previous to that she worked with at-risk children, developmentally disabled adults, an adoption agency, and the homeless population outside the Navajo reservation.

Donna is a licensed clinical social worker who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work (1984) from East Central University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work (2010) from the University of Oklahoma. She has completed additional study in Bioethics through Baylor College of Medicine at Houston Methodist Hospital. Donna currently sits on the ethics committee at Hillcrest Medical Center and was an active participant in revising current ethics policies for the institution. Donna also serves as affiliate faculty for the University of Oklahoma where she has provided instruction to medical residents and medical students on advance care planning. Donna has a special interest in mentoring the next generation of social workers. She has served the past 15 years as a field instructor for practicum students, first for undergraduate students through Midwestern State University of Texas School of Social Work, and in recent years for graduate social work students at the University of Oklahoma. Donna is enthusiastic about modeling and instructing new social workers in the historic values of integrity, competence, service, professionalism, and respect for the dignity and worth of all persons that are key values embraced by this great profession.

Donna is delighted to have shared in the struggles and stories of thousands of individuals during her 30 plus years of working in the exciting field of social work. There are few other areas of practice which provide as much opportunity for rich, impactful, and oftentimes life altering interactions as the field of social work. Donna wishes to express appreciation to her supportive and exceptional family (Scott, Derek, Olivia, Sheridan, and Justin) who have always encouraged, accommodated, and frequently assisted in her efforts to make a difference in the lives of those she has been so privileged to serve. Donna is an Oklahoma native and second generation OU graduate who is proud of her affiliation with this wonderful University. She is incredibly grateful and honored to be in the company of these outstanding honorees.

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1. Pam Lane wrote:
I met Donna in the early 90s and can say that she most certainly deserves this recognition. She has always had a genuine compassion for her work. She is levelheaded and even tempered in all situations, and I have never met anyone that faces difficulties with such a huge heart. Thank you for recognizing this wonderful woman.

Wed, May 10, 2017 @ 8:30 PM

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