The OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors is launching a new effort to study and develop metrics that organ procurement organizations (OPOs) and transplant centers can use for improvement. A particular focus will be metrics to study and improve systems and relationships between OPOs and transplant centers.
Three workgroups are being formed to study existing metrics and effective practices and recommend new or updated ways to assess and improve performance. The workgroups will share initial recommendations and seek additional input from the donation and transplant community at a summit to be convened in fall 2018. Details for the summit will be announced later.
The workgroups will share recommendations as applicable with the donation and transplantation community for individual application, with the OPTN/UNOS Board and committees involved in quality assessment, and with federal agencies involved in oversight of organ donation and transplantation.
Matthew Cooper, M.D., and Diane Brockmeier, RN, B.S.N., M.H.A., will co-chair the summit. Cooper is Director of Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation at Medstar Georgetown Transplant Institute in Washington, D.C. Brockmeier is President and Chief Executive Officer at Mid-America Transplant Services in St. Louis.
The workgroups and co-chairs are as follows:
Transplant center workgroup
Lisa Stocks, RN, M.S.N., FNP, Lifesharing
George Loss, M.D., Ph.D., Ochsner Foundation Hospital
Kenneth Washburn, M.D., Ohio State University Medical Center
Susan Gunderson, M.H.A., LifeSource
Stuart Sweet, M.D., Ph.D., St. Louis Children’s Hospital
Jeffrey Orlowski, M.S. CPTC, LifeShare Transplant Services of Oklahoma