The benefits of transplantation extend to ESRD patients regardless of age, gender, or ethnicity, as well as those with common comorbid conditions, including diabetes and hypertension.  The intent of the Transplant Coordination QIA is to promote early referral to transplant, and assist patients and providers to improve referral patterns by addressing barriers identified as the patient moves through the 7 steps to wait listing.

Overarching Goal: By 2023 increase the percentage of ESRD patients on the transplant waitlist to 30% from the 2016 national average of 18.5%. 

Target Facilities and Goals

The Network will work with 30% of dialysis facilities in the Network service area and demonstrate a 10% increase in the number of eligible patients waitlisted.

Project Participant List

Project Paperwork

Project Requirements

Completion of monthly paperwork and determination of eligible patients as requested, monitor the Patient Ambassador Program.

Transplant Eligibility Spreadsheet Job Aide

Transplant To Do List


Improve Transplant Coordination 2018 Kick Off

Improve Transplant Coordination Patient Ambassador Kick Off 2018

Dr. Anne Huml: 7 Steps to Wait-listing

Living Donation PAC Call April 2018

Additional Resources

Transplant Toolkit

Transplant Center Criteria

Patient Ambassadors

Research and best practices have demonstrated that units with active participation of patients as members of the health care team achieve better clinical outcomes more readily. This year, the Network is requesting that each facility in the Improve Transplant Coordination QIA designate at least one patient, or preferably, one patient per shift to take the lead on special projects. We will provide training for these patients to supervise these programs in the clinic. Patients should be viewed as role models in the unit as far as the ability to lead and become "the unofficial spokesman" on the care team.

In this role, the patient will:

  • Provide contact information to the Network.
  • Participate in educational and information web conference presentations with the Network.
  • Review educational materials designed for patients in the target facilities and throughout the Network community.

Patient Ambassador Toolkit

Patient Ambassador Sign Up


Patient and Healthcare Team

IPRO ESRD Network of the Ohio River Valley
Network 9 (IN,KY,OH)

Deb DeWalt, MSN, RN
Quality Improvement Director

Sue Swan-Blohm, BS, OCDT
Quality Improvement Coordinator