LifeCenter Northwest shares the same goal as the many medical professionals we work with every day: to save lives.
It all starts with you
Transplantation is one of the great medical advancements of our time. Last year, over 40,000 organ transplants and 1 million tissue transplants were performed.
However, without close collaboration between hospitals and organ procurement organizations, none of those transplants would be possible. The referral call is the catalyst for every single donation case. Organ and tissue donation truly does start with you.
There are more than 100,000 people on the transplant waiting list, yet less than 1 percent of people who die will have the opportunity to become an organ donor. Because the opportunity is so rare, developing a standardized process for patient and family care is essential for success.
As the waiting list continues to grow, we want to make sure that we do not miss any opportunity to close the gap between the number of available organs and those waiting for the gift of life. Thank you for being an integral part of the donation process. Together, we will continue to work to save lives through organ and tissue donation.
The implementation of a well-formulated plan can turn a loss into hope and offer a second chance at life for those on the waiting list.
Find your hospital’s dedicated donation representative
Every hospital across Alaska, Montana, North Idaho and Washington has a dedicated Hospital Development Representative from LifeCenter Northwest.
That representative works to be a respectful, collaborative member of your team, and to help keep you up-to-date on policy and procedure changes relating to organ and tissue donation.
How are we doing?
Your opinion is important to us. What would make your donation experience better? Click below to provide feedback about recent donor cases.
The LifeCenter Northwest Blog
Keep up with the latest news and resources from the leaders and members of our organization.
Donor family celebrates loved one at 2023 Rose Parade
The 2022-23 honoree was Kaylea Curry, a quirky 10-year-old from Fairbanks, Alaska. Her parents, Christy and Joe Curry, made the 3,000-mile trip to sunny California to help decorate the Donate … Read More
LifeSaver Award Series: Dr. Dean Gushee, Mason General Hospital (Shelton, Wash.)
Each month, LifeCenter Northwest selects a LifeSaver Award winner. This award honors and recognizes those who go above and beyond to save lives—honoring our shared values to improve donation culture … Read More
2022: A year of generosity contributes to a historic milestone for the nation’s organ donation and transplant system
Last year, LifeCenter Northwest facilitated the donation of 921 organs from 310 deceased organ donors for life-saving transplants from across Alaska, Montana, northern Idaho and Washington. These acts of altruism … Read More
A New Year’s resolution in honor of Fritz Weresch
Many of us begin the new year resolved to make changes to improve our lives and help others. We might vow to eat better, get more exercise, spend more time … Read More
Fairbanks 10-Year-Old Who Donated Lifesaving Organs to be Honored at 134th Rose Parade
Kaylea Curry will be honored during the 2023 Rose Parade that takes place in Pasadena, Calif. on Jan. 2, 2023.
Dynamic Duo: Jennipher Lorber remembers her mother, Debra K. Smith (an organ donor)
Debra Smith and her only child, Jennipher Lorber, were the dynamic duo. “It was us against the world,” says Jennipher. Debra was the fun mom. The life of the party. … Read More
Healthy Lung Month: Reflections from double-lung recipient Joshua Hunter
**This is a guest blog submitted by Joshua Hunter. This piece details Joshua’s transplant journey and recovery. I’m a double lung transplant recipient. My wife and I believe that without … Read More
Patient Receives 1st Donation after Circulatory Death (DCD) Heart Transplant in the Pacific Northwest
Innovative Procedure Creates More Opportunities for Life-Saving Donations as U.S. Reaches One Million Transplant Milestone Seattle (Sept. 23, 2022) – On Aug. 11, LifeCenter Northwest, the Organ Procurement Organization for … Read More
Innovative Simulation Labs Will Help Boost Lung Donation
As anyone who’s been involved with donation can tell you, lung procurement and transplant is quite challenging. The lungs of brain-dead donors or lungs that have been injured can be … Read More
Communities of color need facts on organ donation, transplants
By Suzanne Watnick and Santokh Gill *This article originally appeared in the Seattle Times on Sept. 20., 2022 It’s no secret that communities of color have struggled with the U.S. … Read More
National Hispanic Heritage Month
What is National Hispanic Heritage Month? Observed annually from September 15-October 15, National Hispanic Heritage Month commemorates the histories and cultures of American citizens’ ancestors from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, … Read More
25 Years of Saving Lives
LifeCenter celebrates its silver anniversary this year. That’s right—25 years of saving lives! LifeCenter Northwest was founded in 1997 and recovered 254 organs from 91 deceased organ donors that year. … Read More
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Webinars, Workshops and CEUs
Want to learn more about your role in the donation process? Here are educational resources for our hospital partners.
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