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Long-time transplant coordinator enjoys one last pitch in

Long-time transplant coordinator enjoys one last pitch in

She was born at IU Health Methodist Hospital and has spent the last 40 years dedicating her career to the patients in her care. Now Josephine “Cissy” Brents is starting a new chapter.

By IU Health Senior Journalist T.J. Banes,

It’s a joke among her IU Health transplant team members that Josephine “Cissy” Brents started working at IU Health the moment she was born at Methodist Hospital.

In reality, she started her career 40 years ago and has spent most of her career helping patients navigate the course of organ transplantation. She was there with a woman who received a new kidney from her out-of-state niece; she was there when Dr. William Goggins performed his 2,000th kidney transplant. This month she ends her career at IU Health. To celebrate her retirement, her coworkers recently joined together for “one last pitch-in.”

She was a student at Arlington High School working in the school nurse’s office when her course was set. It wasn’t a course specific to a hospital setting but more of a course set toward caregiving.

“Cissy was my mentor when I started in transplant in 2001 and a true friend. I want to thank her for sharing her wisdom in transplant, patient care and spirituality. She is a Certified Clinical Transplant Coordinator, which required much preparation to sit for the exam and continued dedication to maintain her certification throughout the years. She was a team player in every sense of the word and she was always looking out for others,” said team member Kelly Coffey.

“Besides the fact that she is the sweetest and kindness person I know, Cissy is also very IT savvy. She’s a jack-of-all-trades and will be missed,” said another team member Tina Ray, who has worked with Brents about nine years.

“When I first came to IU Health she was my preceptor and she said, ‘stick with me,’” said Christine Moby, who followed Brents as a transplant coordinator. “When she moved to another department I followed her. We aren’t just co-workers; we’re friends. We’ve gone to church together, dinner together and the Indy 500 together.”

Brents started at IU Health as a student nurse in 1979 and has worked on the renal floor and dialysis at both Methodist and University Hospitals. She also spent six years in the Air Force Reserves. One of the highlights was attending a weeklong Combat Casualty Care course with the Army, Marines, National Guard and Navy. She went to yearly training and spent time in Germany and Florida, training medical technicians. Also while working at IU Health, she took on the role as assistant worship leader at her church and began working toward her Masters in Divinity.

What will she do in her retirement?

“I hope to finish that Masters of Divinity,” said Brents. She also plans to enjoy some carefree days with her husband Mark Brents.