The Indiana Donor Network has opened the state’s first and only organ and tissue recovery center in Indianapolis. The Indiana Donor Network Organ and Tissue Recovery Center on the city’s west side will allow for the transportation of organ donors for on-site recovery, instead of occupying a hospital room.
The center includes an intensive care unit and two surgical recovery suites with a new system in place to shorten wait times. The center says families often had to wait several hours for the organ donor to be moved to an unoccupied hospital room. The new system also reduces travel time for transplant teams and decreases the preservation time of organs before transplant.
The Donor Network says the new system is also less expensive with costs often handled by the transplant community, private insurance and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
“This is an incredible moment for Indiana Donor Network, our hospital and transplant center partners, donor families and waiting recipients. This innovation brings new hope to those awaiting a lifesaving gift,” said Indiana Donor Network President and CEO Kellie Hanner.
For more information on the Donor Network and the new center, visit here.