The Mark Zawiski Award
The award is named after Mark Zawiski, a dialysis facility administrator renowned for his tireless work on behalf of dialysis patients and the associations that support independent dialysis providers. Mark worked his way through college and graduate school as a dialysis technician, and went on to earn his MBA and become administrator for two facilities in the Miami area. He served as President of the Florida Renal Administrators Association (FRAA) and as a Director and then Treasurer for the National Renal Administrators Association (NRAA). He was a frequent presenter at FRAA and NRAA educational events, graciously sharing his experience and skills to help facilities improve their operations while remaining committed to patient care.
Mark tragically and suddenly passed away at an early age, leaving behind a wife and two young children, and a legacy of service and dedication to the ESRD and dialysis community. The FRAA Board of Directors has presented the award as a tribute to Mark to recognize individuals who routinely go “above and beyond” as Mark did.
2015 Recipient: Andrea Pizzuti
Andrea Pizzuti comes to us with nearly fifteen years of experience in the care of dialysis patients. All of that time has been with DaVita, Inc, but it has certainly not been in a static role. With a Master’s Degree in Social Work, she began in a hemodialysis unit that had an in-house Peritoneal Dialysis program – counseling patients and coworkers alike. After a few years, she was given the opportunity to become the administrator of the PD program, which by then had moved into it’s own facility and grown to be one of the largest in the U.S. After bringing a Home Hemodialysis program online, and establishing the facility as a regional equipment hub for all home modalities, she was asked to take her extensive knowledge out into two different divisions. Today she is the Home Modalities Regional Operations Director for 2 divisions, supporting and coaching 40 different programs in four states, representing over 750 PD and HHD patients. She has presented at the last four Physician Leadership Meetings, and is a member of the Home Modalities National Team.
Andrea’s greatest accomplishment so far, though, has been doing all these things while raising two lovely children, ages 12 and 10. Jackson is an accomplished 5k runner who is getting straight A’s in his first year of middle school, and Ava is a beautiful, gifted actress, model, and singer.