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Donor Network West saves and heals lives through organ and tissue donation. We honor and respect the donors and families we serve with compassionate care, and inspire our communities to donate life.

Established in 1987, we are a federally designated organ and tissue procurement organization accredited by the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) and the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB).

We proudly serve 175 hospitals in 40 counties and more than 13 million people within 100,000 square miles in northern California and Nevada. Donor Network West works in close partnership with families, doctors, nurses, more than 500 funeral homes and 44 coroners and medical examiners to connect donors to recipients.

One donor can save up to 8 people through organ donation and can heal up to 75 people with their tissues.

For a list of facts about organ and tissue donation, click here.

one donor can save and heal
what organs and tissue can be donated transplanted

The terminology used to describe and report on organ and tissue donation has evolved due to changes in the field and at the request of donor families out of respect for their loved ones. For example, the word “recovery” (as in “organ recovery” or “tissue recovery”) has replaced “harvest”, as the universally adopted term. Below is a list of several other dated donation-related terms and their preferred uses.

For an expansive list of terms and topics specific to organ and tissue donation, click here.

See how many people are waiting for a transplant near you: A Mission to Heal

For additional local and national data:

United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)

Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR)

people waiting for transplant in california



San Ramon: ‘A Mission to Heal — Hope by the Numbers’
Sun, May 6, 2018, 8:54 pm by Ryan J. Degan
Kaiser Permanente’s Wall of Hope showcases organ donors
  by Joel Rosenbaum
‘Wall of Hope’ shows impact of organ donations
Tuesday, April 03, 2018 by Corin Hoggard
Woman seeking kidney looking to inspire potential organ donors
Thursday 4:52 PM, Apr 12, 2018 by Bridget Chavez


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