Renown Health Walks Back Termination Notice of Donor Network West
RENO, Nev. (Dec. 28, 2023) – After Donor Network West, the only nonprofit organ procurement organization (OPO) in northern Nevada designated by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), filed a lawsuit alleging breach of contract and tortious interference against Renown Health and Nevada Donor Network, Renown Health has agreed to follow the law. Renown will keep Donor Network West as its OPO, unless CMS grants the hospital a waiver.
“Donor Network West remains committed to working collaboratively with Renown Health in the continued effort to provide a transparent, clear, and equitable process to ensure a maximum number of life-saving organs are available for waiting patients,” said Janice Whaley, President and CEO of Donor Network West. “While this development does not end the lawsuit, Donor Network West believes it clears up some of the confusion—specifically around the hospital’s alleged breach of contract—brought about by the actions of Renown Health and Nevada Donor Network.”
Donor Network West filed the complaint, Friday, Dec. 8, 2023, which remains in place.
“Donor Network West is dedicated to serving northern Nevada organ donors and families,” said Whaley. “The fair distribution of organs is paramount, and we oppose any attempts at politics or financial incentives in organ donation, aligning with the longstanding public policy of our country.”
Media Note: The complete lawsuit, #3:23-cv-00632, filed Friday, Dec. 8, 2023 in the United States District Court for the District of Nevada can be viewed here. Representatives from Donor Network West will not be available for interviews during this active legal matter.
Donor Network West saves and heals lives by facilitating organ and tissue recovery for transplantation and research. Established in 1987, Donor Network West is designated and certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB), is a member of the Organ Donation Alliance and is an official Donate Life organization. Donor Network West is federally designated to serve 45 counties in northern California and northern Nevada, Donor Network West partners with the Department of Motor Vehicles and the state-authorized donor registries to help increase donor registration. For information, visit www.DonorNetworkWest.org and follow us on social media: @mydnwest.