Organ Transplant Center wins efficiency award

The UI Organ Transplant Center at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has received the second annual Iowa Partners in Efficiency Award from the Iowa Business Council. Jean Robillard, UI vice president for medical affairs, accepted the award at the council’s annual meeting Jan. 31 in Des Moines.

The organ transplant center was recognized for cutting work backlog by 88 percent, reducing lead times by 82 percent, increasing the number of patient evaluations by 102 percent, and increasing the number of patients receiving kidney and liver transplants up to 57 percent.

Robillard said Alan Reed and his team are an excellent example of how the efforts of faculty and staff are benefiting Iowans by making processes more efficient and effective.

The award recognizes the employees or work units in local, county, or state government that, through the use of Lean tools and techniques, significantly and measurably increase productivity and promote innovation resulting in improved delivery of public services to the benefit of the citizens of Iowa and the private sector.

The Pharmacy Streamlined Prescription Processing Unit and the Women’s Health Patient Flow Improvements Team at UI Hospitals and Clinics were recognized as finalists for the award.