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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).

Learn more about Donor Network West.

We proudly serve 175 hospitals in 45 counties and more than 13 million people 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. View the map of our service area.

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

Visit our organ donation facts and statistics page for additional information.

what one organ donor can do
organs that can be donated

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.

Correct Incorrect
Recover/Recovery Harvest/Harvesting
Deceased Donation/Deceased Donor Cadaveric/Cadaver
Mechanical Support or Ventilated Support Life Support
Donation after Cardiac Death Non-heart-beating Donation
Donor Network West California Transplant Donor Network

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)

San Jose Rotunda Lit in Blue and Green in Honor of Donate Life Month

San Jose Rotunda Lit in Blue and Green in Honor of Donate Life Month

Celebrate National Donate Life Month by Purchasing a Nevada Organ Donor Specialty License Plate

Celebrate National Donate Life Month by Purchasing a Nevada Organ Donor Specialty License Plate

Donor Network West Lights the Reno Arch Blue and Green for National Donate Life Month

Donor Network West Lights the Reno Arch Blue and Green for National Donate Life Month

Donor Network West Statement Regarding the Deadly Shooting in Atlanta

Donor Network West Statement Regarding the Deadly Shooting in Atlanta

Donor Network West Statement on Racially Motivated Attacks against Asian American and Pacific Islanders

Donor Network West Statement on Racially Motivated Attacks against Asian American and Pacific Islanders

Donor Network West Premieres Short Film, We Speak Life, to Address Mistrust of Organ & Tissue Donation in the Black Community

Donor Network West Premieres Short Film, We Speak Life, to Address Mistrust of Organ & Tissue Donation in the Black Community

Donor Network West Ties All-Time Annual Record of Organ Donors

Donor Network West Ties All-Time Annual Record of Organ Donors

10-Year-Old Organ Donor From San Joaquin Valley, California to be Honored During Tournament of Roses Celebration

10-Year-Old Organ Donor From San Joaquin Valley, California to be Honored During Tournament of Roses Celebration
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