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Transplant Organ Recovery Coordinator - Transplant Surgery

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University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago

Chicago, IL

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The University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health)

is seeking a Transplant Recovery Coordinator for the Transplant Surgery department. The Transplant Organ Recovery Coordinator is accountable for coordinating the transplant organ recovery process. This position strives to improve patient outcomes by integrating Shared Leadership, Evidence Based Practice, Relationship Based Care and standards of excellence into clinical practice. Through therapeutic relationships with patients, families, self and colleagues, the Transplant Organ Recovery Coordinator participates in monitoring, developing, and evaluating clinical practice while fulfilling department and organizational goals. In conjunction with the transplant surgeon and the transplant physician, the Transplant Organ Recovery Coordinator is responsible for all aspects of evaluating organ offers, coordinating all necessary activities related to recovering the accepted organs and the transplanting of the organ to the intended recipients. The Transplant Organ Recovery Coordinator is a professional in healthcare or the biological sciences who, with in-depth clinical experience in transplantation, possesses the advanced knowledge and clinical skills necessary to coordinate the defined area of specialization. This allows for assessment, evaluation, admission, management, disposition and discharge of the donated organs within established protocols.


Evaluate organs offered by an Organ Procurement Organization (OPO) in collaboration with the transplant surgeon.

Act as a liaison between the Transplant program, the transplant surgeon, the donor’s hospital and the OPO for the purpose of evaluating the organ offered for transplant.

Coordinate and provide medical and psychosocial information on all potential transplant recipients to the parties mentioned above for the purposes of matching and allocating the organ.

Follow appropriate clinical protocols.

Review all information of the donor and the potential recipients with the OPO and the transplant surgeon. Submit the decision of accepting or refusing the organ as per OPO protocol. Properly code the decision as per OPO protocol.

Once the organ is accepted, coordinate all the activities necessary for the procurement of the organ: transportation, locate and notify the recipient, perform last minute conformation of information with the recipient.

Coordinate the intended recipient’s admission to the hospital and the operating room.

Provide timely and accurate information on the activities to all parties involved.

Perform vital data verification with the OPO and transplant surgeon. Collaborate with the surgical transplant service and other healthcare professionals to ensure optimal patient management.

Complete all documentation as required by all regulatory requirements.

Remove the patient from the WAIT list within 24 hours as required per protocol.

Maintain knowledge and skills through participation in continuing education activities.

Perform other related duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s degree in nursing or other healthcare related or other biological sciences area of study required.

Previous transplant or organ specific experience preferred.

Certified Procurement Transplant Coordinator Certification preferred (must obtain within 2 years of employment).

Must demonstrate the ability to collect medical information, interpret, evaluate and present data. Must be able to act independently, identify and discuss clinical issues. Participate in on-site clinical meetings, events and training sessions. Must be self-directed and demonstrate the ability to navigate through electronic systems and knowledge of Microsoft


The incumbent is responsible for executing the activities mentioned above in order to meet specific goals and objectives of the program. The individual is required to attend all mandatory meetings. Furthermore, the individual is expected to follow all medical center and departmental policies and procedures.

This position requires excellent communication and documentation skills. The ability to establish and maintain effective interpersonal relationships with key stakeholders and other interested parties is also essential.

Ability to sit and walk for prolonged periods, climb stairs, bend, stretch, lift up to 5 pounds and have adequate sensory functions for physical assessment of patients and environments.

Work may be performed in varied locations inside the hospital such as patient care units, clinics and offices.

Work may involve exposure to contagious diseases, radiation, anesthesia gases, chemicals, caustic materials, sophisticated electronic equipment and hazards associated with its use, physical injury form patients, visitors, mechanical devices and other hospital equipment.

To Apply

For fullest consideration, please submit a complete application and supplemental resume by the close date of March 19, 2018

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The University of Illinois may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

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The University of Illinois Medical Center includes a 491-bed tertiary hospital, an outpatient facility, specialty clinics, the College of Medicine and 5 other health science colleges including Applied Health Sciences, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Nursing that are all part of the University of Illinois campus on the city's near southwest side, in the heart of the Medical District.

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