OneLegacy Announces Record-Setting Year in Organ Donation


LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--OneLegacy, the nonprofit organ procurement organization dedicated to saving lives through organ, eye and tissue donation in the greater Los Angeles area, announced today a new national record of organs recovered and transplanted in 2016.

According to Chief Executive Officer Thomas Mone, the year just concluded saw a 9.2 percent increase in transplants over 2015 to a national record of 1,463 recovered from a OneLegacy all-time high of 481 organ donors (a 4.6 percent increase). The year also saw OneLegacy set a national record of 2,732 tissue donors and 1,535 cornea donors, increases over 2015 of 6.1 percent and 4.9 percent, respectively.

OneLegacy donation professionals collaborate with colleagues at more than 200 hospitals, 11 transplant centers, seven sheriff coroner departments, and hundreds of funeral homes while educating local communities to register and say “yes” to organ, eye and tissue donation. In addition to this outreach, OneLegacy and its transplant colleagues “continue to pioneer clinical innovations to successfully transplant more organs from these donors as part of our efforts to end deaths on the waitlists and give waiting recipients a second chance at life,” says Mone.

As a result of these and other year-round efforts, over the past 15 years OneLegacy has increased the number of organ donors by 75 percent, from fewer than 300 to nearly 500 donors per year. In addition, the actual life-saving donation rate of those who are medically eligible to donate (those who say “YES”) at the time of their deaths is now at 76 percent and steadily increasing. Mone expects this “remarkable sign of the community’s generosity” and this growth to continue, saving more lives in the process. Continue reading