Throughout 2016, LifeQuest will be celebrating its 50th year of recovering organs for life-saving transplantation in northern Florida.
LifeQuest is one of the pioneer organ procurement programs in the country. When the University of Florida began its transplant program at Shands Teaching Hospital in Gainesville back in 1966, the organ donor program was born out of necessity. Although not officially called an OPO back then, it was through the efforts of our program that organs were recovered and made available for patients awaiting kidney transplants.
As the transplant center in Gainesville grew, so did our program. We expanded by adding a regional office in the Jacksonville area, and a few years later, we added offices in Tallahassee and Pensacola. We currently cover a 36-county region from Jacksonville in the east to Pensacola in the west and as far south as Ocala.
We will be hosting events, campaigns and celebrations throughout the year to commemorate the many contributions our partner hospitals, their leadership, and our donor families have made throughout these past 50 years, including last year’s record-breaking year, that have allowed us to serve our community and patients in need of life-saving transplants.