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Seattle Social Worker Retires after Decades of Service

Susan Kocik, MSW, LICSW, social worker at the Puget Sound Blood Center Hemophilia Program in Seattle, is retiring after serving the bleeding and clotting disorders community for decades.

Kocik’s reach has extended from the local level to the national level. She has served on and chaired the National Hemophilia Foundation’s Social Work Working Group and has helped plan numerous annual meetings, where she also acted as a moderator and presenter. She organized the Team Building Program for hemophilia treatment centers across the country and was the Region VIII and Region X social work representative to NHF for many years.  Kocik has served on the Women with Bleeding Disorders Committee at the UDC, was a site coordinator/project planner for the CDC  Sentinel Grant(for HIV risk reduction) and most recently served as the chair of the advocacy committee for the Bleeding Disorder Foundation of Washington. In addition, Kocik has co-authored many articles and documents including NHFs Medical and Scientific Advisory Council document #142, “Transition Guidelines for People with Bleeding Disorders” in March 2003. In 1999 she received the NHF Social Worker of the Year award.

Kocik is originally from New York, where she received her master’s in social work from the Hunter College School of Social Work. She was a social worker at the Regional Comprehensive Hemophilia Treatment Center at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York from 1985-1989. From 1989-1991 she was at Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle. Since 1991 she has been a social worker at the Puget Sound center.

“Susan’s dedication to the social work role in comprehensive care for the bleeding disorders community is evident through her wisdom and insightfulness,” said Erin Stang, LCSW, Mountain States Regional Hemophilia & Thrombosis Center at the University of Colorado at Denver & Health Sciences Center. “She approaches her profession and life in general with integrity, respect and compassion. I will really miss working with her.”


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