January 17, 2013

Organ Center sets placement activity records

The UNOS Organ Center provided placement services for 11,739 organ offers in 2012, setting an all-time annual record for placement activity in its 30-year history. Placement activity averaged 31.18 organs per day, which was also an all-time annual record.

In addition, November 2012 was the busiest single month ever in terms of placement activity, with services provided for 1,085 organs and an average of 36.16 per day.

“Our focus is not on the number of organs we place, but how efficiently we can place them and how it will benefit the patients on the waiting list,” said Kim Betancourt, an organ placement specialist who has worked in the Organ Center for nearly ten years. “We are glad to be a part of the transplant process to help maximize each donation.”

The Organ Center has been in continual operation since 1982, when it was founded by the South-Eastern Organ Procurement Foundation as the Kidney Center. It became part of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) in 1984, and it has served since 1986 as the hub of national organ placement assistance called for under the federal Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) contract. Its facilities were funded by a generous grant from the F.M. Kirby Foundation.