OneLegacy Achieves Two Important Milestones in 2022 With Record-Setting Number of Donors and the Opening of a New Transplant Donor Recovery Center in Azusa
OneLegacy announced today that it achieved two major milestones in 2022, helping more organ donors and families share the gift of life than ever in its history and the December opening of its new Transplant Donor Recovery Center in Azusa. The not-for-profit organ, eye and tissue recovery organization serving seven counties in Southern California enabled 647 organ donors in 2022, which is a 9.5 percent increase from 2021. One-third of these donors were transported to OneLegacy's Redlands and Azusa Transplant Donor Recovery Centers, saving the lives of more than 1,600 people and freeing hundreds of hospital ICU beds to serve other patients, while also enabling 133,000 site-saving and healing tissue transplants.
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This remarkable achievement - all thanks to the generosity of donors and their families - has been possible due to the coordinated efforts of more than 350 OneLegacy employees, over 200 local hospitals and 10 transplant centers, with the goal of saving and healing the lives of thousands of Southern Californians waiting for a lifesaving transplant.
"Thanks to our Transplant Donor Recovery Centers in Redlands and Azusa, we were able to increase the number of organ donors in 2022, saving the lives of urgently waiting transplant patients while also freeing some 700 ICU bed days for critical care patients at our local hospitals that have seen bed shortages since the start of COVID," said OneLegacy CEO Prasad Garimella. "We are immensely grateful for the continuous support of healthcare providers, as well as our staff and, most importantly, local donors and their families who have said 'YES' to organ, eye and tissue donation, saving and healing thousands of ives in Southern California."
Garimella projects that the new Transplant Donor Recovery Center in Azusa can potentially increase the number of lives saved and healed even further in 2023. "We look forward to working closely with local donor hospital partners and transplant centers to help free up more ICU beds and allow for more lives to be saved and healed in 2023 and many years to come," says Garimella.
In the year just concluded, OneLegacy enabled the transplant of 1,628 organs from 647 donors, reflecting the organization's eighth consecutive year of record-breaking increases in lifesaving and healing organ donation and transplantation. In addition, in 2022 1,030 people had their vision restored through cornea transplants, and more than 133,000 lives were saved and healed through tissue donation and transplantation.
The 2022 performance by OneLegacy is part of a nationwide effort to increase the number of lives saved through organ donation. Thanks to this performance, OneLegacy was able to contribute to a historic 2022 milestone, when the U.S. achieved its one millionth organ transplant in early September, surpassing any other country in the world. Thanks to the collective skills and dedication of thousands of organ donation and transplantation professionals, the nation is on track to enable more than 40,000 lifesaving transplants this year.
The record setting performance and the new Azusa facility's opening in 2022 were just two of many noteworthy achievements for OneLegacy in the year just concluded. Other milestones included:
OneLegacy is the not-for-profit organization dedicated to saving lives through organ, eye and tissue donation in seven counties in Southern California: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara and Kern. It serves more than 200 hospitals, 10 transplant centers, a diverse population of 20 million donors and families across the region and waiting recipients across the country. Becoming an eye, organ or tissue donor is easy and can be done by registering online at donateLIFEcalifornia.org/OneLegacy or by "checking YES" at your local DMV. For more information, visit OneLegacy.org
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