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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.

CorrectIncorrect
Recover/RecoveryHarvest/Harvesting
Deceased Donation/Deceased DonorCadaveric/Cadaver
Mechanical Support or Ventilated SupportLife Support
Donation after Cardiac DeathNon-heart-beating Donation
Donor Network WestCalifornia 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)

Donor Network West Breaks Historical Record of Organ Donors

Donor Network West Breaks Historical Record of Organ Donors

Young Organ Donor from California’s Central Valley to be Honored at Rose Parade®

Young Organ Donor from California’s Central Valley to be Honored at Rose Parade®

Bay Area Teen, Saved by Organ Transplant as a Baby, Chosen as Rose Parade® Float Rider

Bay Area Teen, Saved by Organ Transplant as a Baby, Chosen as Rose Parade® Float Rider

Larry Salinas Appointed to Donor Network West Board of Directors

Larry Salinas Appointed to Donor Network West Board of Directors

The San Francisco Giants and Donor Network West to Celebrate Donate Life Day

The San Francisco Giants and Donor Network West to Celebrate Donate Life Day

Donor Network West Airs Daring Organ Donation Commercial

Donor Network West Airs Daring Organ Donation Commercial

Bay Area mother regrets not donating her teenage son’s organs four decades ago

Bay Area mother regrets not donating her teenage son’s organs four decades ago

Donor Network West Reports Positive Trend on Organ Donor Numbers in The First Quarter of 2019

Donor Network West Reports Positive Trend on Organ Donor Numbers in The First Quarter of 2019
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