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All of our services are designed to do one or more of the following things:
- Save lives by placing donated organs with people waiting for a transplant and recovering donated tissue;
- Educate healthcare administrators, physicians, nurses, social workers and chaplains along with EMS, Medical Examiners, Law Enforcement and other non-hospital medical professionals about their role in the life-saving process of donation;
- Support the families of organ and tissue donors, both at the time of donation and in the months and years following their loved one’s death;
- Help people document their decision to save lives by registering as an organ, tissue and eye donor.
Donor Family Care
Organ and tissue donors are heroes and we believe their families should be treated with the utmost care and respect at the time of donation and in the months and years following their loved one’s death. Our Donor Family Advocates are a resource for our families. They compassionately provide grief resources and support to our donor families, as well as facilitate potential communication between donor families and transplant recipients. Each year we provide an opportunity for donor families to gather together and remember their loved ones and the precious gifts of life they so generously gave to others.
For more information and resources visit our Donor Family Care pages.
Our Public Outreach team connects with communities across the state through public education, special events, and media relations. We believe that everyone has the right to make an decision about organ and tissue donation and to document that decision during their lifetime.
We work closely with the Iowa Department of Transportation to provide information to residents applying for or renewing their driver’s license or state ID card. We also provide materials and information about donation to driver’s education to ensure that students who are applying for their very first driver’s license have the information they need to make an donation decision.
Our volunteer program is made up of an incredible group of individuals who dedicate their time and energy to supporting Iowa Donor Network by advocating for donation. Our volunteers are dedicated donor family members, living donors, transplant recipients, recipient family members and enthusiastic community members whose work and powerful stories impact the hearts and minds of their neighbors. Many of our volunteers staff booths at health fairs, give presentations to students and civic groups and help at special events to raise awareness about organ, tissue and eye donation. They are the cornerstone of our public outreach efforts.
In addition to our ongoing outreach, we host signature events that provide a unique platform for engaging with our cherished donor families and the broader community. These special occasions inspire individuals to register as organ and tissue donors on their licenses. Furthermore, they present an opportunity for attendees to support our mission monetarily, ensuring that we can continue to spread awareness and make a tangible difference.
For more information about our volunteer program or to get involved, visit Volunteer Program
We proudly partner with more than 120 hospitals and hundreds of EMS, ME, hospice, and long-term care facilities to maximize the number of lives saved through organ and tissue donation. Collaboration with our partners is critical in order to support families through end-of-life care and honor the donation decisions of people in our communities.
Our team’s mission is to maintain successful donation programs at each organization or agency by promoting best practices, providing high-level customer service, offering professional education, and meeting individual needs. Administrators, physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains along with EMS, Law Enforcement, Medical Examiners and other non-hospital medical professionals all have crucial roles in the donation process and we are incredibly grateful for their partnership.
For more information and resources visit our Professional Partners pages.
Organ transplantation is a successful treatment for end-stage organ failure. This treatment is not possible without the generosity of organ donors and their families. IDN balances cutting edge medicine with care and support for donors and their families.
Our team works closely with donor hospital and transplant center personnel and donor families to facilitate the gift of life. Donation begins when a donor hospital notifies Iowa Donor Network that one of their patients is at or near death. Our team members work with the hospital personnel to assess patients who are at the end-of-life to see if they have the precious opportunity to give the gift of life. Less than 2% of people have this incredible opportunity to donate organs upon their death, while many more are able to donate tissues.
If a patient has the option to be an organ donor, one of our team members travel to the hospital to meet with the family and discuss their loved one’s ability to save lives. If the patient made a decision about donation during their lifetime, we support their family as we honor their loved donor’s decision. If the patient hadn’t, we ask their family to make a decision about donation on their behalf. Once organ recovery is authorized, our team works with the hospital staff to coordinate recovery.
Tissue donation is a gift that enhances and saves approximately 2.5 million lives each year. From skin donation that prevents infection and saves the lives of burn victims to the donation of bone to restore mobility and prevent amputation, the gift of tissue is life-changing.
As a tissue recovery organization, we manage all aspects of the tissue donation and recovery process. It begins with a call from one of our healthcare partners, where our team assesses the patient to see if they have the precious opportunity to give the gift of tissue.
If a patient has the option to be a tissue donor, our team will speak with the family and discuss their loved one’s ability to save and heal lives. If the patient made a decision about donation during their lifetime, we support their family as we honor their decision. If they haven’t, we ask their family to make a decision about donation on their behalf.
Our highly trained tissue team performs the recovery and sends the donor’s tissue to one of our tissue processing partners, who carefully prepare it for transplantation. Our tissue partners include Iowa Lion’s Eye Bank, AlloSource, Artivion, LifeNet , LifeCell, LeMaitre and Ossium.