About Us

Meet Our Highly Experienced Team

Laura J. Aguiar

Laura J. Aguiar, CTFC

Principal and Managing Partner

Ms. Aguiar has worked in a transplant since 1993. She has previously held the positions of Transplant Financial Coordinator, Financial Administrator, Operations Manager, and Compliance Coordinator for Massachusetts General Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Boston), and Mayo Clinic Arizona. She is a founder of, and served two terms as President, of the Transplant Financial Coordinators Association. She has also served as Regional Representative to the UNOS/OPTN Transplant Administrators, Communications, and Finance Committees as well as having been asked to join the Advisory Council for the National Living Donor Assistance Center in 2008.

Ms. Aguiar’s consulting career began when Bill Vaughan asked her to join Health Systems Concepts in 2008. In 2014 Ms. Aguiar and Ms. Wolfe formed Transplant Solutions, LLC. During her consulting career, she has helped to establish four new transplant hospitals as well as worked with a number of programs to ensure their compliance with the CMS Conditions of Participation and improve their financial and operational process’ to ensure long-term viability.

Caroline M. Wolfe, RN BSN

Principal

Like many people in the transplant world, Ms. Wolfe’s entry into transplantation was accidental, though in her case, a real accident-a skiing accident, to be precise. Unable to provide bedside care for patients while in a full-leg cast, she ended up taking care of dialysis patients at the Medical College of Ohio, now known as the University of Toledo Medical Center, which could be done while seated on a stool. This, in turn, led her to the very early days of the kidney transplant program at MCO-she was a Transplant Coordinator literally before there was such a position at MCO! She would ultimately end up as the Senior Transplant Coordinator for the program until her retirement in 1997. While at the MCO transplant program, she obtained certification as both a Transplant Coordinator (CCTC) and Nephrology Nurse (CNN).

She started working with Bill Vaughan and the late Roy Crystal at Health Systems Concepts on a part-time basis in 1987 and has continued on a part-time to full-time basis ever since. Few in the transplant community can claim 25 years of transplant center experience and 30 years of consulting experience.

Caroline M. Wolfe
William P. Vaughan

William P. Vaughan

Principal

Bill Vaughan is a nationally recognized expert within the transplant community in the areas of transplant finance, operations, compliance, and especially the Medicare Cost Report for both transplant hospitals and tissue typing labs.

Bill started ‘playing’ with Medicare, as he likes to say, when he was employed by the Aetna Life Insurance Company, a Medicare Fiscal Intermediary in Hartford, Connecticut, starting in 1976. During his 11 years with them, he served as an administrator of a Medicare Part A field office and the Medicare End-Stage Renal Disease Reimbursement Program with a focus on the tissue-typing laboratories and independent organ procurement agencies.

Also, Bill was Vice President of Reimbursement at LifeLink Foundation, Inc., Tampa, from 1985 to 1990. After that, Bill led Health Systems Concepts as Founder and Principal from 1986 - 2012 and Chief Operating Officer of Guidry and East before joining Transplant Solutions, LLC, in 2015.

Our Team Includes

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Dicken S.C. Ko

BSc., MD, FRCSC, FACS
Abdominal Transplant Surgery and Transplant Urology

Joseph S. Ladowski

Joseph S. Ladowski

MD FACS
Heart Transplant Surgery and
Mechanical Assist Device

Dr. Francisco A. Arabia

Francisco A. Arabia,

MD MBA
Heart Transplant Surgery,
Total Artificial Heart, and Mechanical Assist Device

Colonel (Dr.) William W. Pond

Colonel (Dr.) William W. Pond

MD
Transplant Anesthesia
Heart Transplant and VAD

Stephanie A. Moore

Stephanie A. Moore

MD, FACC, FACP
Transplant Cardiology, Advanced Heart Failure, Transplant Quality

Kimberly Ann Parks

Kimberly Ann Parks

D.O., F.A.C.C.

Transplant Cardiology & Advanced Heart Failure

Mark A. Jones

Mark A. Jones

MD FACC
Transplant Cardiology and Advanced Heart Failure

Michael P. Curry

Michael P. Curry

MD
Transplant Hepatology
Advanced Liver Disease

Martha Pavlakis

Martha Pavlakis

MD
​Transplant Nephrology

James R. Rodrigue

James R. Rodrigue

PhD, FAST
Transplant Psychology and Ethics

Christine Palms

Christine Palms

RN MS
Senior Consultant
Transplant Operations, CMS Survey Readiness
OTTR Patient Management System

Susan Stoops Watson

Susan Stoops Watson

LCSW, MPA, MHA, CCM, CTFC
Senior Consultant
Transplant Operations,
CMS Survey Readiness

Daryl J. Battin

Daryl J. Battin

​MSW-LICSW, CTFC
Senior Consultant
Transplant Social Work, Transplant Financial Coordinator

Kristy Edwards

Kristy Edwards

RN CCTC
Senior Consultant
Transplant Quality, CMS Survey Readiness,
Organ Allocation and Organ Placement

Alexsandra Mullin

Alexsandra Mullin

Senior Consultant
Medicare Cost Report

Kimberly Rallis

Kimberly Rallis

BS MHA
Senior Consultant​
Transplant Operations

Helen 'Gigi' Spicer

Helen 'Gigi' Spicer

RN BSN
Senior Consultant
Transplant Clinical Operations and Quality

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Diane L. Kasper

RN, CCTC
Transplant Clinical Operations, Transplant Nursing, and New Program Development

Jennifer L. Woodward

Jennifer L. Woodward

CTFC
Senior Consultant
Transplant Financial Coordinator

Personalized Operational Assistance

During the course of their combined professional and consulting careers, the staff at Transplant Solutions, LLC have worked with more than 150 transplant hospitals, tissue typing labs, and OPOs in the country, assisting with new program development, financial and clinical operations reviews, Medicare Cost Report preparation, new staff orientation, and Systems Improvement Agreement (SIA) fulfillment. This gives them a perspective nearly unmatched in the transplant community today.

Transplant Solutions, LLC was started to better meet the needs of those clients who want more personal attention and support than other consulting firms are able to provide. And, since our overhead is low, we can pass those savings on to our clients.

Transplant Solutions, LLC, has a multi-disciplinary team of transplant professionals ready to meet your needs.

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