The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Healthcare Systems Bureau (SPB), Division of Transplantation (DoT) working in partnership with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), Quality Reality Checks (QRC), Inc. and teams of Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs) and their hospital and transplant center partners from across the country have been participating in a series of Organ Donation Breakthrough Collaboratives.
These Collaboratives began in 2003 as one of the components of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Gift of Life Donation Initiative. The aim of these Collaboratives is to dramatically increase the availability of transplantable organs. Since 2003, participant OPOs and their partnering large hospitals, and now transplant centers (Transplant Center Growth and Management Collaborative), have been working to achieve a significantly higher conversion rate and increase the number of organs transplanted per donor, results that will drive the future success of organ procurement. The learning and knowledge that result from these Collaboratives will continue to be disseminated to the larger audience of organ transplant organizations, hospitals, and transplant centers for adoption and replication.