Times Union | Kathleen Crowley
ALBANY — A little over 2.7 million New Yorkers are registered organ donors. That sounds like a lot, but it is only 18 percent of potential donors and is dramatically lower than the 42 percent U.S. average.
At 48th in the nation, New York ranks close to the bottom in registered organ donors.
"It is well below where we should be," said Sue Kelly, executive deputy commissioner of the state Department of Health.
On Tuesday, state officials from DOH and the Department of Motor Vehicles announced that New Yorkers can now register as organ donors on the DMV website. The process is completely online and does not require residents to print or mail anything.
Since 95 percent of all donors register through the DMV, officials hope the new online system will increase participation. More than 10,000 New Yorkers are waiting for an organ transplant.
Albany Medical Center, the region's trauma center, is the area's largest source of organ donors, but the number is not as high as you would think.
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