Donor Network West Celebrates 30th Anniversary

We are inspired by the generosity of the community over the past three decades and thank the donors and their families who make donation possible

Donor Network West, the federally-designated organ procurement and tissue recovery organization for northern California and Nevada is celebrating three decades of healing lives. In the last 30 years the non-profit has developed novel business practices and expanded operations to better serve the community in its donation service area.

In 1987, an executive committee of hospital administrators of the major transplant centers in northern California came together to form an independent organ procurement organization (OPO) in response to the 1984 National Organ Transplant Act (NOTA). The piece of legislation was introduced to address the nation’s critical organ donation shortage and improve the organ matching and placement process.

The resulting structure became known as California Transplant Donor Network (CTDN). The organization was established on September 24 of 1987 and recruited 15 employees that first year; the staff functions were a combination of hospital education and donor management.

In 2015, CTDN became Donor Network West, moved its headquarters from Oakland, California to San Ramon and relocated its Fresno office. Though the organization got a new name, its mission of saving and healing lives and its vision to be the premier community resource for organ and tissue donation in its service area of 40 counties, remained the same. Today Donor Network West has 300 employees and operates three regional offices: San Ramon and Fresno in California and Reno in Nevada.

In 2016, Donor Network West expanded its operations with the opening of a Clinical Center. Located steps away from the main…

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