SLU Hospital only St. Louis participant in national kidney transplant project 

 Second phase of COIIN project intended to increase kidney utilization nationally 

Jason Merrill | 314-989-3181 | 
St. Louis , MO 
SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital’s organ transplant program is the only one in St. Louis and one of only 56 nationwide to participate in a new project to increase kidney transplant in the United States..

The COIIN (the Collaborative Innovation and Improvement Network) is a three-year project intended to increase kidney utilization and study new methods of quality monitoring. COIIN is in its second pilot phase and through the addition of programs like SLU Hospital, the number of participants is nearly double the first phase.

“This program is important for transplant patients throughout the St. Louis region,” says Sherry Tenge, RN, BSN, transplant program manager and the COIIN project lead at SLU Hospital. “We’ve developed unique approaches to make more transplants possible and by sharing that at a national level we hope to see more people transplanted and fewer on the national waiting list.”

Nationally, there are more than 90,000 people on the kidney transplant waiting list. Efforts to increase utilization at SLU Hospital have led to a 69% increase in kidney transplants by SLUCare physicians at the hospital from 2014 to 2016. The hospital is on pace to exceed their 2016 number this year.

Each pilot site like SLU 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 will also participate in an alternative, collaborative quality improvement framework to drive improvements in organ offer and acceptance, waitlist management, and care coordination.

Training and coaching for pilot participants begins in July 2017, and the data collection and collaborative learning will begin in October 2017.

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