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On National Donor Day, HHS Launches New Web Site, Announces New Transplantation Milestone

ROCKVILLE, Md. Feb. 14, 2011 February 14, 2011 features new and expanded content, interactive segments, and video presentations.  The site will also incorporate stories about people who have been touched by organ, eye, and tissue donation – featuring the experiences of donor families, living donors, transplant recipients, and professionals in the field of organ donation and transplantation.

The new site includes important information for the public to learn what they need to do to sign-up to become a donor in their own state.

Mary K. Wakefield

Officials at HRSA also announced that America’s hospitals have collectively reached the 75 percent mark in the Organ Donation Breakthrough Collaborative donor conversion rate.  The agency has worked with nearly 1,000 hospitals, transplant centers, and organ procurement organizations nationwide to help improve the figure, which represents the proportion of deaths having the potential for donation that result in organ donation.

Seven years ago, when HRSA launched this intensive, collaborative model to share and embed best practices for donation and transplantation, the rate was 54.4 percent.

Howard Koh

There are a number of actions people can take to observe National Donor Day:

The agency also provides Federal oversight and support for bone marrow and cord blood donation and transplantation.  For more information, please visit

SOURCE Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

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