This page is a resource for hospital partners of the LifeNet Health Organ Procurement Organization.
As a federally designated Organ Procurement Organization, LifeNet Health partners with hospitals to facilitate organ recovery and transplantation for most of Virginia, three counties in West Virginia, and one county in North Carolina. Our goal is to save as many lives as possible. We are also committed to honoring the decisions of tissue donors. LifeNet Health offers a comprehensive network of support, including a 24/7 call center to take referrals, on-site representatives who can assist families, coordinators to facilitate the recovery process, and expert surgical assistants.
Use A GIFT as a Guide for Referrals
Anytime a patient death is imminent, hospitals are required to notify their OPO.
ALL DEATHS should be referred within 60 minutes
GCS ≤ 4 or other indication of non-recoverable neurological injury (anoxia, CVA, head trauma). Note: HCA, UVA, and Bon Secours Mercy Health use GCS of ≤ 5
IMPENDING brain death testing
FAMILY discussion (anticipated or planned) regarding code status change or withdrawal of support
TALK of transition to comfort measures or hospice
Your referral will help us begin the process to evaluate tissue donation. Be prepared to provide date and time of death or when last seen alive, clinical course, whether the death will be a Medical Examiner or autopsy case, current medical history (labs and X-rays), and next of kin and funeral home information.
Learn more about recognizing when patients may meet criteria for referral.
What to Expect Post-Referral
LifeNet Health is responsible for determining medical suitability for organ or tissue donation on a case-by-case basis. A patient’s suitability can change over time based on clinical factors. The information provided by the hospital team can help us make this determination. Important factors include the admission course, labs, vitals, and the plan of care.
If a patient is deemed to be a candidate for organ donation, a LifeNet Health coordinator will be dispatched to your facility. We will work with your team to determine the best way to make contact with the patient’s family or next of kin. Keep in mind, it’s best to let us facilitate discussion about donation. Learn more about best practices for communicating with families.
Communication with LifeNet Health
Our commitment is to keep in close contact with the hospital team, reaching out at least once per shift. We ask that you reach out to us if anything significant changes with the patient, or if the family discusses donation, enacts a Do Not Resuscitate Order, or decides to transition the patient to comfort care.
Facility Orientation and Other Training
We offer ongoing training and education to help hospital staff stay up to date on the latest transplant technology and best practices. As the world’s most trusted provider of transplant solutions, major areas of focus for LifeNet Health include improving outcomes and boosting health equity. Contact our Virginia Hospital Development team to learn more about our education, training, and initiatives – including facility orientation.
You can also sign up for one of our Donation 360 webinars.