Southwest Transplant Alliance (STA) – the non-profit, federally designated organ procurement organization (OPO) serving the North Texas, Baytown, Bryan/College Station, Corpus Christi, El Paso, Midland/Odessa and Temple/Tyler areas–announced that the organization coordinated 136 life-saving organ transplants from 42 generous individuals in the month of October—the highest number of organs recovered for transplantation, in one month, ever recorded by a Texas OPO.
“With a record-breaking month, STA is well on its way to removing more than 1,000 people off of the transplant waiting list this year, many of whom are right here in Texas,” said Patti Niles, president and CEO of STA. “Much of our success in achieving our mission to save lives, is due in large part to the support of over 227 acute care hospitals and 11 transplant centers who assist us in ensuring that donation is offered to every family in a compassionate and positive manner.”
STA has achieved significant milestones with a 28% increase in organ donors from 2013 to 2014 and a 38% overall increase in the number of organs transplanted since 2012. This is significant because STA’s work provides people waiting on a life-saving transplants with a second chance at life and takes people off of the transplant waiting list.
In 2014, STA successfully coordinated 1,000 life-saving organ transplants from 322 generous donors, which was the highest, annual number, in the organization’s history. Since October 1987, the year that United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) began analyzing key data on organ donation and transplantation, the most number of organs transplanted from deceased donors by a single OPO in Texas was 127. (April 2015, by STA)
“It is truly an honor to serve the people within the communities where we live and work as a team,” said Patti Niles, president and CEO of STA. “We are extremely grateful to individuals who made the generous decision to be organ, eye and tissue donors, and to the families who gave others the precious gift of life during, what was perhaps, one of the most difficult times in their lives.”
STA has become #3 in the nation for the most number of organs transplanted, but there is still more work to be done. Today, more than 13,300 people in Texas, and over 122,000 nationally, are still in desperate need of a life-saving transplant.