SEATTLE, WA. – (February 11, 2016) –
LifeCenter Northwest (LCNW) is proud to celebrate their fourth record breaking year in a row, saving 640 lives through organ donation and transplantation in 2015. In addition to the highest number of organs transplanted, the organ procurement organization achieved all-time record numbers for the number of organ donors and the number of tissue donors recovered in 2015.
The life-saving organs were recovered from 200 donors throughout the non-profit’s designated service area. This number represents a 23.5 percent increase in the number of organ donors over the past two years. “We are proud of our progress over the past few years, and we are especially grateful to the donors and their families, for their generosity and courage, and for giving the gift of life to others,” says Kevin O’Connor, President & CEO of LifeCenter Northwest.
“The continuous improvement we have seen over these past couple of years is the direct result of the tireless work of our talented and dedicated staff, working hand in glove with the larger medical community, all focused intently on helping others in need.”
In addition, LCNW set records in tissue donations for transplantation, recovering grafts from 524 donors. These donations will benefit more than 30,000 people—with tissues such as skin to help burn patients, heart valves for life-threatening cardiac conditions, and bone to repair and replace damaged tissue due to illness or injuries. This all-time high represents a 36.1 percent increase in LCNW tissue donors over the past two years, up from 385 donors in 2013 and 463 in 2014.
LifeCenter Northwest attributes their record breaking year, in part, to the giving nature of the communities it serves. The tri-state area of Alaska, Montana, and Washington, that comprises the majority of LCNW’s designated service area, are ranked as the top three states in the nation for number of residents registered to give the gift of life. Montana sits atop the list with 87 percent of the state population, over the age of 18, registered to donate, followed by Alaska at 85 percent, and Washington at 84 percent. LifeCenter also serves the panhandle of Idaho, a state that also ranks high on list at 64 percent.
“The feeling of community in the Pacific Northwest is reflected in these amazing numbers,” says O’Connor. “The feeling of community in the Pacific Northwest is reflected in these amazing numbers,” says O’Connor.
LifeCenter Northwest serves 8.3 million people throughout Alaska, Montana, North Idaho, and Washington, working collaboratively with over 200 hospitals and covering the largest geographic area of all the 58 federally designated organ procurement organizations in the nation.
Currently, there are more than 2,000 people on the waiting list for organ transplants in Washington state alone.
“We have deep appreciation for the exceptional transplant programs in Seattle and Spokane who partner with us in this life-saving work.” says O’Connor. “Having the opportunity to make such a profound difference in the lives of so many people motivates us every day, but there is still much work to be done. Our resolve to continue to help more and more people is stronger than ever. We encourage people to take time to register as an organ, eye, and tissue donor and talk to their loves ones about their wishes.”