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Los Angeles Area Non-Profit OneLegacy Grows Into World's Largest Tissue Recovery Organization
Date:4/14/2009

les area over the past several years. "Historically, it was too easy to become a 'tissue bank' and many of them were not prepared to meet the rising standards of tissue recovery demanded by the FDA and the medical community," said Mone. "OneLegacy chose to extend our work in organ recovery to ensure the highest level of professionalism in the field, especially in view of isolated cases regarding tissue recovery that unsettled the industry and the public. And, of course, our donor families and healthcare professionals know that the generosity and value of the decision to donate is the same for tissue and organ."

In 2008, OneLegacy implemented an innovative plan to increase the quality of approaches to the families of potential tissue donors, 75 percent of whom are approached for consent via phone within hours of death. Until August of last year, local families had been approached for consent by a contracted provider. OneLegacy has since established a tissue operations facility with a family care center employing 28 highly trained consenters; four teams of tissue recovery technicians; centralized supplies and sterilization; and additional staff who work closely with hospitals, coroner offices and funeral homes.

Last year, OneLegacy received 57,000 calls reporting deaths, of which 2,200 a month - an average of 73 a day - were determined after an initial medical screening to be from potential donors.

"Subsequent safeguarding evaluations to determine the medical and social history of the potential donor resulted in approximately 1,110 families per month being presented with the opportunity to donate tissue. Of these, approximately 350 families, or 32 percent of those approached, embraced the chance to save and heal lives by donating tissue," indicated Prasad Garimella, OneLegacy's chief operating officer and chief information officer.

As part of the expanded operations, OneLegacy has been focusing on don
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