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Transplant Referral Resources

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Webinar Recordings

Click on these links to view webinars devoted to transplant referral. Each is about 40 minutes in length.

1. Kick-Off Webinar for the Network’s 2017 Referral to Transplant Project
Listen to the recording here.

2. Kevin Cmunt from Gift of Hope Organ Procurement Organization talks about the availability of donated organs in the state of Illinois (March 2017).
Listen to the recording here.

3. Christiana Goalby of Explore Transplant talks about the importance of assessing a patient’s readiness for change when counseling for transplantation (April 2017).
Listen to the recording here.

4. Listen as Steve Radakovitz and his colleagues from the University of Chicago present about the Living Donor Champion Program. Help teach your patients how to tell their story and ask for a living donor. Following Steve’s presentation, Michelle Sides, a patient care technician from Fresenius Quad Cities tells about her journey as a living donor. Michelle gave her husband Mark the ultimate gift—a new kidney!
Listen to the recording here.

5. The Renal Network team discusses sustainability; Cathy Sullivan from MetroHealth Medical Center talks about her work with Transplant Navigators; and Blake Schuchardt, a home dialysis RN, Renal Network PAC member, and kidney transplant recipient shares his unique perspective from being a dialysis patient to becoming a dialysis nurse.
Listen to the recording here.

6. Kim Gifford and Holly Warren from the National Living Donor Assistance Center talks about how NLDAC can provide financial assistance to potential living donors.
Listen to the recording here.

7. Craig Fisher, LCSW, PhD from The Renal Network talks about Goal Planning and Motivational Interviewing as it applies to Transplant.
Listen to the recording here.


National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease

This site provides information on transplant, how to talk to your health care providers, finances,  and the common steps toward transplant evaluation and being placed on the transplant wait list, and what to expect after transplant.

Kidney Transplant


These pages, hosted by DaVita, give lots of information on various aspects of transplantation:

Going From Dialysis to Kidney Transplant

Kidney Transplant: What You Need to Know

5 Steps to Getting a Transplant

National Kidney Foundation

Get ideas to help in asking the big question when looking for a living donor:

The Big Ask: The Big Give

Public Service Announcement with Zach Braff, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin for the movie, Going in Style, promoting kidney transplantation!

The site offers information on organ donation, including stories of hope, tips on finding funding sources, and a free newsletter for patients.

For Patients – Frequently Asked Questions

What Every Patient Needs to Know

Living Donation – Information You Need to Know

Kidney Allocation Brochure

Transplant Living

This page contains links to many publications with many Spanish translations

Inform Me

Inform Me is a decision aid to help patients make informed treatment decisions about whether to accept or to refuse a kidney from an increased risk donor, that:

•Includes 4 chapters with brief text, videos, and graphics

•Survey questions after each chapter

•Focuses on kidneys, but also applies to other organs

Journal Article Discusses the Benefits of the InformMe Mobile App.


Gift of Hope

Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network is a not-for-profit organ procurement organization that coordinates organ and tissue donation and provides public education on donation in Illinois and northwest Indiana.