Falls Church, VA –
Washington Regional Transplant Community (WRTC) recovered and allocated 407 donated organs in 2016, resulting in 349 lives saved – the most lives saved in a single year for the non-profit, federally designated organ procurement organization (OPO).
WRTC’s record-breaking numbers contributed to the national milestone announced yesterday by United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) – more than 33,600 organ transplants nationwide in 2016, a new record. WRTC also recovered tissue (corneas, skin, bone, ligaments, veins, etc.) from 333 generous tissue donors last year, representing a 28 percent increase from 2015.
Lori Brigham has been President & CEO of WRTC since its establishment in 1987.
“This is one of those seminal moments in a person’s career that affords the opportunity to reflect on everything that went right,” said Brigham. “The healthy and robust partnerships with our hospitals, transplant centers and research institutions, our dedicated corps of volunteers, and our passionate, tireless staff. But none of this would have been possible without the generosity, courage and selflessness of the donors and their families.”
There are more than 2,250 people waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area – WRTC’s donation service area. The region is home to a culturally diverse population where disparities in health education and access create unique challenges and opportunities to serve this community.
Nationally, almost 120,000 people are waiting for their second chance at life; 22 will die every day because a donated organ never came. To learn more, or to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor, log onto: www.registerme.org.