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Ad Hoc Committee formed to address OPO, transplant center, system metrics

A new ad hoc committee will focus on studying the systems and relationships among OPOs and transplant centers. It will identify tools and principles that can be used to drive collaborative transplant systems performance improvement.

The OPTN/UNOS Ad Hoc Systems Performance Committee consists of three workgroups. They will study existing metrics and effective practices and recommend new or updated ways to assess and improve performance. The workgroups will share recommendations and seek additional input from the donation and transplant community as well as the general public at a meeting in March 2019.

The workgroups will share recommendations as applicable with the donation and transplantation community and the public 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 committee. 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
Alan Reed, M.D., University of Iowa Hospitals

OPO workgroup
Thomas Pearson, M.D., Emory University Hospital
Susan Gunderson, M.H.A., LifeSource

Systems Dynamics workgroup
Stuart Sweet, M.D., Ph.D., St. Louis Children’s Hospital
Jeffrey Orlowski, M.S. CPTC, LifeShare Transplant Services of Oklahoma

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