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Organ Center Again Sets All-Time Monthly Record in August

For the second time in four months, the Organ Center set an all-time monthly record for organ placement services in August. The Organ Center provided placement services for 665 organs, eclipsing the former record of 610 in May 2004. This level of activity translates into an average of 21 organs every day. Through the end of August, organ placement activity is 18 percent greater for this calendar year compared to last year.

"We are amazed by the sustained high volume of organ placement activities we have provided since this spring, and hope this phenomenon represents an increasing number of donated organs." said Chris Williams, UNOS' Director of Technology Services. "Our staff deserves the credit for stepping up to meet this increased need through working extra hours and taking extra call. Their commitment has been incredible."

Part of the upsurge may be the result of efforts such as the Organ Donation Breakthrough Collaborative, launched by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2003. The collaborative combines the efforts of organ donation professionals and hospital administrators to optimize consent for 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.