Southwest Transplant Alliance Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Life-Saving Work

Dallas, Texas., December 10, 2014 –

Southwest Transplant Alliance (STA) will celebrate the organization’s 40th Anniversary with the launch of its new brand on Thursday, December 18th. Members of the community, local hospital leadership, transplant recipients and donor families, as well as STA staff. Since its inception, STA has recovered and placed nearly 20,000 organs saving and improving the lives of Texas within its service area.

The event will celebrate 40 years of serving donor families, hospitals and recipients throughout Texas with the gift of life through organ and tissue donation, and will culminate with the unveiling of STA’s new brand logo. The occasion will also honor the founding board members of the organization, Drs. Martin White, Alan Hull, and Paul Peters (posthumously).

It is an honor to work with an amazing staff who are committed to saving and improving the lives of those who are waiting on transplants. The amount of growth we have achieved includes phenomenal milestones that help us engage the community and increase awareness of what organ donation and transplantation can do for others. Our mission – to save and improve the lives of those waiting on organ or tissue transplantation – is paramount in all that we do.

Patti Niles, President & CEO

Southwest Transplant Alliance is one of the largest of 58 federally designated Organ Procurement Organizations in the U.S., and provides renal and non-renal organs and tissue to patients across 11 affiliated transplant centers in their donor service area. After the organization was founded on December 13th, 1974 to facilitate kidney retrieval for Parkland Memorial Hospital, 13 organs were recovered from 9 donors in its first year. In 2013, STA recovered and placed 895 organs. This year, STA is on track to recover over 1000 organs all of which will save and enhance the lives of thousands.

The 40th Anniversary celebration will include remarks by Donna Halstead, former President of the Dallas Citizens Council and member of the Southwest Transplant Alliance’s Board of Directors, Dr. Marlon Levy, Medical Director for STA, and Patti Niles, President and CEO of STA.

About Southwest Transplant Alliance

For 40 years, Southwest Transplant Alliance (STA) has been saving lives by connecting those who need a transplant to survive with organ and tissue donors. In 2013, STA managed 825 organs for transplant, counseled hundreds of donor families and collaborated with the Department of Public Safety and other community organizations to recruit more than 1.6 million people to join the Donate Life Texas organ donor registry.

STA is among the largest of 58 federally designated, nonprofit organ procurement organizations regulated by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a member of the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS/OPTN) and accredited by the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO).

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, STA serves communities across the state, with operations in Baytown, Bryan/College Station, Corpus Christi, El Paso, Midland/Odessa, Temple and Tyler. More at