The Ohio Solid Organ Transplantation Consortium (OSOTC), a 501(c)3 organization, was founded in July 1984 when the Governor of Ohio, Richard F. Celeste, signed the Cooperative Agreement with the three founding member institutions: The Cleveland Clinic Foundation (CCF), The Ohio State University Medical Center (OSU)/Columbus Children’s Hospital now Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH), and University Hospitals Case Medical Center (UHC). Two other members, the University Hospital of Cincinnati (UCH)/Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CHMC) (1985) and Medical College of Ohio now University of Toledo Medical Center (UTMC) (1986), subsequently joined the Consortium. In 2001 Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CHMC) became an independent member and in 2005 Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) also became an independent member. In 2008, UTMC discontinued their membership, making up the current complement of the six members.
The primary purpose of the Ohio Solid Organ Transplantation Consortium is to ensure equitable access to quality medical care for those most likely to benefit from extra-renal transplantation, regardless of ability to pay.
The Consortium activities have been supported through the initial contributions of $20,000 from each of the six original member hospitals, and annual dues per transplant program offered at their institution. This is in addition to grants from five community foundations. The Cleveland Foundation awarded the Consortium a three-year grant of $102,500; the Columbus Foundation awarded a three-year grant of $51,250; the Greater Cincinnati Foundation contributed a three-year grant of $21,000; the Robert W. Reakirt Foundation contributed a one-year grant of $7,000; and the Toledo Community Foundation awarded a three-year grant of $51,250.
Seed monies were donated from the following five foundations:
- Cincinnati Foundation, The
- Greater Cleveland Foundation, The
- Columbus Foundation, The
- Toledo Community Foundation
- Robert H. Reakirt Foundation, The
Ongoing support for the OSOTC is through annual membership dues from each of its member institutions.