AAKP Patient Safety Award

AAKP Patient Safety award

The AAKP Patient Safety Award recognizes specific and impactful leadership and activities that exemplify the Association’s strategic goal of advancing patient safety through innovations and specific measures within health systems, both nationally and globally, that inspire actions to improve overall patient safety. The award was created in 2014 by the former Network of New England whose Board of Directors established an endowment to continue the patient safety work of the non-profit organization led by Jenny Kitsen. 

Among the organizations eligible to apply for the Jenny Kitsen Patient Safety Award are 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(6) organizations , public and government agencies, and many other organizations and institutions. 

2024 Award WinnerS

The National Kidney Foundation

2024 Spring Clinicals Meetings

Session Title: Are We Getting It Right? Expanding QAPI Team Objectives to Improve Individualized Care

"The National Kidney Foundation is honored to receive the AAKP Jenny Kitsen Patient Safety grant for a session at our 2024 Spring Clinical Meetings titled 'Are We Getting It Right? Expanding QAPI Team Objectives to Improve Individualized Care.' This session will feature an esteemed panel of inter-professional team members, including a patient, who will share valuable insights to bridge the gap between data-driven insights and personalized care." -The National Kidney Foundation

Kidneys Quest Foundation Inc.

Kidney Disease Impact Conference

"We're in the heart of the community of kidney disease together. " -Kidneys Quest Foundation Inc.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

2024 Annual Transplant Oncology Conference

“We are very excited and honored to receive the Jenny Kitsen Award to support our conference, 'Kidney Transplantation in Plasma Cell Disorders including MGRS:  Inaugural Symposium and Workshop.' This conference aims to discuss updates on kidney transplantation for patients with plasma cell dyscrasias (multiple myeloma, AL amyloidosis and monoclonal gammopathy with renal significance/ MGRS). Patients with these disorders tend to have kidney problems, but rarely receive kidney transplantation, due to the concern for recurrent disease and infectious complications. With continuing partnership with AAKP, we strongly believe that our conference will advance the access to kidney transplants for these vulnerable patients." -Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Past award winners

2023 Award Winners

Katina Lang-Lindsey, PhD, MSW (Alabama A&M University)

Kidneys Quest Foundation

Terrance Jay O'Neil, MD, FACP, FASN, COLUSAfMC (Ret), President, HD Clean LLC

Mariana Murea, MD (Wake Forest University)

National Kidney Foundation

Shahid Muhammad, PhD (Coventry University, UK)

2022 Award Winners

Dr. Alan Kliger, Chair, Nephrologists Transforming Dialysis Safety (NTDS), American Society of Nephrology (ASN) (National)

The Renal Patients Support Group (RPSG) – United Kingdom (International)


Kidney Quest Foundation


Satellite Healthcare

Katina Lang-Lindsey, PhD, LMSW, Assistant Professor; Alabama A&M University


Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition


National Kidney Foundation

National Renal Administrators Association

2017 Award Winners

A.T. Still University of Oral Health, Dr. Maureen Munnelly Perry – Oral Health Safety Protocols

All Kidney Patients Support Group (AKPSG) – Patient Safety and Empowerment

2016 Award Winners

National Renal Administrators Association

Renal Physicians Association

2015 Award Winners

American Nephrology Nurses Association

Forum of ESRD Networks