Lifesharing is committed to the life-saving and life-enhancing efforts of transplantation. We strive to be the leader in organ and tissue donation through education, collaboration, and the provision of quality service.
Lifesharing was founded in 1973 to support UC San Diego Medical Centers regional burn center and pioneeering kidney transplant program. The federally-designated, non-profit organ and tissue recovery organization – one of 58 across the nation – now serves all hospitals and the four transplant in San Diego & Imperial Counties as the federally-designated organ and tissue recovery organization. In addition, the team provides donor family support and educational services for the diverse population of 3 million people in this region to meet an ever-growing waiting list of 2,200 San Diego patients and more than 120,000 patients nationwide. Since it’s founding nearly 45 years ago, Lifesharing has saved nearly 7,000 lives through organ transplantation and helped heal thousands more with the gift of tissue.
Lifesharing coordinates the community outreach effort in conjunction with Donate Life California and Donate Life America. Our volunteers work to inspire people to register as organ and tissue donors through the DMV or online at www.donateLIFEcalifornia.org. Registering is so important to ensure your wishes are followed. Registering allows your family to honor your wishes not guess at them.
Regulation by the federal government through the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) monitors Lifesharing Organ Services. The Organ Procurement and Transplant Network (OPTN) have been designated by DHHS to provide oversight and policy guidelines to all of the Organ Procurement Organizations (OPO) in the United States. To continue as a designated OPO, Lifesharing must meet donor and organ recovery metrics set by DHSS.
As a Donate Life Organization, Lifesharing is a member of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), which operates the national organ allocation system. Lifesharing allocates organs according to UNOS guidelines to ensure equitable organ distribution in our community. Lifesharing is also accredited by the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) – a professional association providing national guidelines for OPOs. In addition to the Food and Drug Administration, the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB), state and local Health Departments also regulate Lifesharing Tissue Service.
The Lifesharing team includes an executive director, medical director, transplant coordinators, community outreach professionals and Family Services support staff. The organization operates under the guidance of a governing board, in addition to medical, clinical and volunteer advisory committees.