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September 3, 2014

Phase IV of the National Hospital Organ Donation Campaign will begin in September with a kick-off webinar on Sept. 24th from 2 to 3 p.m. ET. NATCO is a National Partner in the HRSA-led campaign that encourages and assists hospitals to implement activities to promote enrollment in their state donor registry, and provides national recognition for hospital participation.  Since 2011, the campaign has brought together organ procurement organizations, eye banks, Donate Life America affiliates, hospitals, and hospital associations to educate hospital staff, visitors, and community members about the importance of becoming an organ, eye, and tissue donor. Thus far, the campaign has added 327,659 donor enrollments to state registries nationwide.

Between September 2014 and April 30, 2015, hospitals will again work with donation organizations to implement and track activities to promote donor registration. Hospitals will again be recognized by HRSA and the campaign's National Partners for reaching gold, silver, or bronze activity level. Last year, more than 400 hospitals and transplant centers were recognized for their accomplishments. The 2014/2015 goal is to add another 100,000 donor enrollments to state registries during this period and have even more hospitals and transplant centers participate in the campaign and earn recognition. For more information about participating, contact your organ donation organization or email


August 8, 2014

Dear Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice Colleagues:

The Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice (DTCP) Strategic Planning Committee, comprised of the community partner organizations listed below, and government participation from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), has been meeting since September 2012 to develop a strategic plan for improving donation and transplantation practices across the nation. Most recently, this group of committed individuals and organizations identified and approved the following collective goal:
To increase the number of transplants each year by 1,000 over the next 5 years.  Click here to read more about this topic.


NATCO, The Organization for Transplant Professionals, is pleased that H.R. 5263, the Living Donor Protection Act, was introduced on July 30, by Representative Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., along with Representative Michael Burgess, MD, R-Texas, to promote organ donation, and protect the rights of living donors. NATCO has been working with his office for the last year and a half on this legislation.

In Representatives Nadler’s press release NATCO President Carrie Lindower is quoted:

“NATCO is very pleased to have Congressmen Burgess’s and Nadler’s continued understanding and support of organ donation and transplantation issues made even more apparent through the introduction of this legislation.  It will eliminate the punishment of denied coverage and increased premiums living donors too often receive for simply wishing to give the gift of life.  Additionally, it further supports living donors by making organ donation surgery a part of the Family Medical Leave Act as it should be,” said the Organization for Transplant Professionals (NATCO) President, Carrie Lindower, RN, MBA, CCTC, CPTC


WPFL Phase III recognition language for NP’s use in member communications.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released the recognition results from Phase III of the Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Organ Donation Campaign. More than 400 hospitals and transplant centers were recognized for their outstanding voluntary efforts to promote organ donation between June 2013 and May 2014. In addition, a number of state hospital associations, organ procurement organizations, and Donate Life America affiliates were acknowledged for successfully partnering with hospitals and transplant centers in this campaign.

See a list of all those recognized here.

NATCO, The Organization for Transplant Professionals is a national partner of the campaign, which is now in its third year. The campaign unites donation and healthcare associations and organizations with hospitals and transplant centers that commit to work to increase the number of people in the country registered as organ, eye, and tissue donors. During Phase III, hospitals and transplant centers were invited to plan awareness and registry promotion activities. Hospitals earned points for each activity implemented and were awarded gold, silver, or bronze recognition based on total points accrued.

Since the launch in June 2011, the actions of more than 1,228 participating hospitals and transplant centers have stimulated 327,659 enrollments on state donor registries. NATCO is proud to be one of 11 national partners supporting this campaign and we encourage more hospitals, state hospital associations, and donation organizations across the country to join in the important effort to help increase donor registration. For information about joining, visit the campaign website.

Dear NATCO members,

For many years you have seen Janene Dawson, Raven Hardin, and Christie Ross as the faces of NATCO. What you might not know is that Janene, Raven and Christie do not actually work directly for the NATCO organization. For more than 25 years NATCO has contracted with AMP (Applied Measurement Professionals) to serve as NATCO’s management company to oversee the day to day operations of our organization. It is a credit to AMP that most people are unaware that the NATCO staff actually works for a contracted management company.

Due to changes in the economy the Board of Directors has determined that using a management company is no longer the best option for NATCO. We have recently initiated a search to hire our own Executive Director. This is not unusual in the life cycle of an organization. At different points in its evolution an organization might be managed by its members, managed by an outside organization, or seek out its own full time Executive Director. In order to best serve our members and continue to produce high value education offerings the Board has opted to move into the next phase.

NATCO would not be where it is without the support of AMP. Our current team is terrific and we wish we could take them with us as we transition, but that is not possible. In addition to Janene, Raven and Christie, we would like to acknowledge all the work done by Dede Gish Panjada. Dede was NATCO’s Executive Director for many years and helped build us into the successful organization we are today.

Change is not always easy, but the Board has no doubt that this is the right direction to secure NATCO’s future. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me or any member of the NATCO Board of Directors if you have any questions. All of our contact information is located on the NATCO website.


Carrie Lindower, RN, MBA, CCTC, CPTC


NATCO members work at hospitals, transplant centers, organ procurement organizations, tissue and eye banks worldwide.  Our members are proud to participate in a support system with professionals they trust.  We want to highlight your accomplishments!  If you or a co-worker has a story to share, please send it to the NATCO Executive Office .

Health Insurance Marketplace
About 90% of the currently uninsured will get some health insurance premium assistance in the new Marketplaces. It will be especially important for the organ transplant community to know where to direct individuals and families for the most current and accurate resources. There are a number of things you can do to help. They include:

1.Visit, where you’ll find brochures to share with colleagues and distribute to patients and at community venues; posters, application checklists, fact sheets, and more. is the website for health care providers – YOU!

2.Encourage your family, patients, students, and other community members to visit to set up an account and explore enrollment options. Assistance is available in more than 150 languages 24/7 toll-free at 1-800-318-2596. It is incredibly important get the word out to and enroll people age 18-35 i.e. your students, your siblings, your children.

3.Write a message for health center, hospital, community newsletters, and local and school newspapers. We need you to help spread the word about the Health Insurance Marketplace – the new way for Americans to get coverage.

Remember - open enrollment begins October 1, 2013. Coverage begins January 1, 2014.

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November 4, 2013

Brussels, Belgium - - - Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) has announced the publication of a new evidence-based Clinical Practice Guideline making recommendations on treatment of dyslipidemia in chronic kidney disease (CKD). The guideline will appear in the November issue of Kidney International Supplements.

The Clinical Practice Guideline for Lipid Management in Chronic Kidney Disease is KDIGO’s ninth global guideline, and is available for download on KDIGO is dedicated to the creation and implementation of guidelines to assist clinicians and patients in making treatment decisions based on the latest and most comprehensive analysis of published scientific data.

KDIGO Co-Chair, Dr. Bertram Kasiske of the University of Minnesota, said, “Control of cholesterol and other lipid factors is very important for all our patients. This guideline is truly groundbreaking in its recommendations for putting and keeping CKD patients on lipid lowering medications.

“These recommendations can guide clinicians in the interpretation of initial lipids blood tests and the efficacy of treatment. It also recommends that once on this treatment, patients do not need frequent new tests. Once on treatment, patients should stay on the treatment,“ Dr. Kasiske added.

KDIGO’s rigorous scientific process for evidence review and guideline development was followed by a prestigious Work Group of internationally known experts led by Dr. Christoph Wanner of the University of Würzburg in Germany and Dr. Marcello Tonelli of the University of Alberta in Canada.

KDIGO’s next step is the worldwide implementation of this guideline through its network of Implementation Task Force members in 80 countries and in collaboration with local representatives of the International Society of Nephrology. Educational tools, speaker’s guides, presentations at local congresses and local translations are also core elements of KDIGO’s implementation strategy.

Dr. David Wheeler of University College London, said, “This guideline suggests what may prove to be a controversial approach to lipid management. After measurement of blood lipid levels and initiation of lipid-lowering therapy, the Work Group found little evidence to justify ongoing assessment of dyslipidemia. Thus patients can be treated with statins or statin/ezetimibe combinations without the need for follow-up blood tests. This ‘fire and forget’ approach is simple, cost-effective and will improve outcomes for patients.”

KDIGO is the world’s only organization developing and implementing global guidelines in kidney disease. It was founded on the principle that science is not regional or country specific. Rather it is global in nature; only implementation should be locally designed to take into account variations in practice and medication availability.