2015 Marks Record Breaking Year for Lifebanc
Lifebanc is proud to announce its record-breaking year of saving more lives though organ,eye and tissue donation. With more than 900 organ, eye and tissue donors in 2015, Lifebanc was able to save and enhance the lives of more than 11,000 individuals.
Thanks to the partnership with 80 area hospitals and generous individuals committed to giving the gift of life, Lifebanc recovered 408 organs from 135 donors for life-saving transplants, a 17.6 percent increase over the previous year. Lifebanc also achieved another milestone in 2015 with 10,637 tissues recovered from 772 tissue donors, a 17.9 percent increase from 2014. The record year has furthered our commitment to those in Northeast Ohio waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.
Notably, 68.36 percent of 907 organ, eye and tissue donors were individuals who said “yes” to be a registered organ and tissue donor. More than a quarter of a million northeast Ohioans have registered to become donors for the first time, with more than 39,000 signing up in 2015, a total of 57.5 percent of licensed drivers in the state. In Ohio, 1.8 million new registrants were added to Ohio’s Donor Registry and 37 percent were from the 20 counties of Northeast Ohio.
“The increase in organs transplanted reflects highly on individuals making the decision to save and heal lives by saying ‘yes’ to organ, eye and tissue donation,” said Gordon Bowen, CEO. “Our collaboration between the local hospital staff and our dedicated Lifebanc employees has increased the visibility in the community.”
In 2016, Lifebanc will celebrate 30 years of saving and healing lives in Northeast Ohio and will host multiple events throughout the service area to continue to spread the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation.