transplantation is one of the 20th century's most miraculous
medical breakthroughs. Yet, there simply are not enough organs
available to help everyone in need. As a result, an average
of 15 people die every day waiting to receive an organ transplant.
Donation Awareness Programs
medical researchers look for ways to combat illnesses that make
transplantation necessary, as a healthcare executive you and
the organizations you serve can join the crusade from a critical
vantagepoint. ACHEin support of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services "Gift of Life" initiative—urges our affiliates to advocate organ and tissue donation and to develop donor programs in their own organizations.
Register Your Decision
Please visit donatelife.net to find out how to register to be an organ and tissue donor in your state. Please also share your decision with your family. It is important to tell your family members that you have decided to become a donor so that they will understand your decision and support it.
ACHE recommends that all healthcare executives work to increase
the supply of available organs for transplantation. Our official
position on the issue is outlined in our Policy Statement on organ donation.
Organ Donation and Procurement: The Hospital
Role (PDF Article)
Deborah A. Labb
Healthcare Executive 20:3, 2005
Department of Health and Human Services
The HHS provides valuable information and resources that your
organization and your community can use to promote donor awareness.
It also outlines details of Secretary Tommy Thompson's "Gift
of Life Donation Initiative."
of Organ Procurement Organizations
The Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO)
is a private, nonprofit organization recognized as a national
representative of organ procurement organizations (OPOs).
AOPO is a professional organization dedicated to the special
concerns of OPOs. AOPO represents and serves OPOs through
advocacy, support, and development of activities that will
maximize the availability of organs and tissues and enhance
the quality, effectiveness, and integrity of the donation
Donate Life America
Donate Life America is a non-profit alliance of major professional, patient, health, science, transplant, corporate and voluntary organizations. Its purpose is to increase the number of registered donors in the United States through cultural and systemic change with a vision of an organ, cornea or tissue transplant for everyone in need.
Kidney Foundation/National Donor Family Council
The National Donor Family Council supports the needs and expectations
of all organ and tissue donor families and assists the healthcare
professionals who work most closely with these families.
Marrow Donor Program
The National Marrow Donor Program aims to establish, maintain,
and improve a system that provides bone marrow transplants
from volunteer unrelated donors for patients with leukemia
and other life threatening blood diseases.
Recipients International Organization (TRIO)
Transplant Recipients International Organization, Inc, (TRIO)
is an independent, non-profit, international organization,
working to improve the quality of life of transplant candidates,
recipients, donors, and their families. Through the TRIO headquarters
and a network of chapters and members-at-large, TRIO serves
its members in the areas of donor awareness, support, education,
TransWeb is a non-profit educational project that provides
extensive information on a wide range of topics. Test your
knowledge of organ transplantation by taking the quiz.
Network for Organ Sharing
The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is a non-profit
organization that was awarded the contract by the Department
of Health and Human Services to operate the Organ Procurement
and Transplantation Network and to develop a national system
to assure equal access for all patients needing organs for