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What your organization can expect

  • Only OPTN member organizations may participate in OPTN collaborative improvement projects.
  • Each collaborative improvement project will have project guidelines tailored to specific goals and initiatives.
  • When you register your organization for an OPTN collaborative improvement project, you are committing to the project guidelines.
  • Reviewing each project’s project guidelines will provide more information about what to expect in terms of estimated staff time and targets for deliverables.
  • Every registration will require signing a participation agreement, which is a legal document.
  • The registration initiator will receive the participation agreement e-signature document via email.
  • Although the scope of each project will vary, every collaborative project will require identifying a Project Lead and a Project Sponsor at the beginning of the registration process.

The Project Lead will be responsible for team formation, project planning and project operations. They will communicate any deliverables to collaborative improvement staff. There will be only one Project Lead for each collaborative. A Project Lead should be a Primary Program Administrator or Quality Lead, or hold a similar position.

The Project Sponsor will support the Project Lead and the collaborative improvement team in setting goals, fostering buy-in, making decisions and assisting with resource allocation. There will be only one Project Sponsor for each collaborative. A Project Sponsor should be a medical or surgical director, or other key member of a leadership team.

Who can participate

The following types of OPTN members are eligible to participate in OPTN collaborative projects:

  • Organ procurement organizations
  • Transplant hospital programs
  • Transplant histocompatibility laboratories

How do OPTN Collaborative Improvement projects help members increase transplants?

Current project

DCD-focused interactive collaborative project

A second phase of the OPTN DCD Procurement Collaborative Improvement project is now open for registration. The expanded project aims to continue to support efforts to increase deceased donor organs available for transplant by identifying and sharing effective practices regarding approaches to donation after circulatory death (DCD) procurement.

Three key drivers to success with DCD procurement have been identified:

  • Optimizing clinical practices and staffing structures
  • Strengthening donor hospital and transplant program relationships
  • Increasing approaches for authorizations

Using these drivers, a cohort of OPOs from across the nation will participate in improvement efforts aimed at increasing DCD procurement over the course of this project’s six-month engagement period. Registration for this project is now closed. If you missed the deadline and have questions about project participation please reach out to the Collaborative Improvement team at

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“We would absolutely participate in another transplant collaborative—being able to have that energy to get the entire team on board and look at your process to figure out ways to improve was just incredible.”

Christy Baune, RN, BSN Transplant Coordinator University of Minnesota Hospitals