Improving Transplant Coordination
Quality Improvement Activity (QIA)

Kidney Transplant LogoNetwork Project Lead: Virna de la Cruz, BSN, RN
Network Project Co-lead: Annabelle Perez, BSN, RN

Project Description and Goals

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. This is evidenced by the Executive Order on Advancing American Kidney Health (AAKH) on July 10, 2019.

The Network shall support all the goals and initiatives detailed in the Executive Order especially the goal to improve kidney health by having 80% of new ESRD patients in 2025 either receiving dialysis at home or receiving a transplant. 

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 steps identified by Sullivan et al5.  

The Networks shall increase the number of patients on a transplant waiting list by participating in the ESRD NCC Transplant LAN and assisting dialysis facilities in the implementation of interventions to support patients through the process of being placed on a waiting list.   

ESRD NCC Learning and Action Network (LAN) Webinar Materials

March 17, 2020 - Transplant: A Team Approach January 21, 2020 - Promoting Transplant with Patient-Centered Resources: The Role of the National Patient and Family Engagement (NPFE) Learning and Action Network (LAN)

Transplant Resources

Patient-Focused Resources

Written Materials


Staff-Focused Resources

Facility-Focused Resources

Peer-to-Peer Resources

Transplant Centers Directory: New Jersey, Neighboring States and Puerto Rico

Transplant Center Contact Number Organ Procurement Organization (OPO)
Hackensack Meridian Health 551-996-2000 NJ Sharing Network
Our Lady of Lourdes 856-757-3840 NJ Sharing Network
RWJ Barnabas Health Livingston 973-322-5938 NJ Sharing Network
RWJ Barnabas Health New Brunswick 732-253-3699 NJ Sharing Network
Montefiore 877-CURE-KDNY
Mount Sinai 212-659-8086 LiveOnNY
NY-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell 212-746-3099 LiveOnNY
NY-Presbyterian/Columbia 212-305-6469 LiveOnNY
NYU Langone 212-263-8134 LiveOnNY
Albert Einstein 800-346-7834 Gift of Life (PA)
Christiana Care Health Services 302-623-3866 Gift of Life (DE)
Lehigh Valley 888-402-LVHN (5846) Gift of Life (PA)
Temple University 800-TEMPLE-MED
Gift of Life (PA)
Thomas Jefferson 800-533-3669 Gift of Life (PA)
University of Pennsylvania 215-662-6200 Gift of Life (PA)
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center 412-647-5800 Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE)
Johns Hopkins Hospital 410-614-5700 Living Legacy (MD)
University of Maryland 410-328-5408 Living Legacy (MD)
Auxilio Mutuo El Gran Hospital de Puerto Rico 787-771-7575 Lifelink of Puerto Rico
Mayo Clinic Florida 904-956-3309 LifeQuest Organ Recovery Services
Methodist Dallas Medical Center 800-284-2185 or
Southwest Transplant Alliance (TX)

Additional Resources