Transplant Center at Jewish Hospital Only Kentucky Hospital Selected for National Study


Organ sharing network selected 37 kidney transplant centers from 240 nationwide for study designed to increase kidney utilization

The Trager Transplant Center at Jewish Hospital has been selected to participate in the second pilot phase of the Collaborative Innovation and Improvement Network (COIIN), a three-year project intended to increase kidney utilization and study new methods of quality monitoring.

The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) selected 37 kidney transplant centers from 240 centers nationwide, with Jewish Hospital being the only center chosen in Kentucky. The number of participants in the second cohort is nearly double the number of hospitals selected for the first phase.

“Thirteen individuals die each day while waiting for a life-saving kidney transplant,” said Christopher Jones, MD, University of Louisville Physician, director of liver transplantation at Jewish Hospital and division chief of transplantation at UofL. “So performing kidney transplants is paramount to saving lives. We are honored to be part of a study that will hopefully help more people access kidney transplants.”

Each pilot hospital will create and test improvement aims during successive rapid improvement cycles and can share lessons learned with other study participants on an interactive, virtual learning site. Hospitals can also monitor their improvement in key measures including outcomes, processes, relationships and structures. Continue reading

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