The American Society of Transplantation Announces New Living Donor Circle of Excellence Program

Fourteen large employers join Circle of Excellence to increase living organ donation

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J., Oct. 7, 2020 /CNW/ — The American Society of Transplantation (AST) is proud to announce its new Living Donor Circle of Excellence program. “The Circle” celebrates employers who implement internal policies that provide salary support to their employees who choose to be a living organ donor.

Today, more than 100,000 patients are waiting for a life-saving kidney or liver transplant. Of the transplants performed in 2019, living donors accounted for 30% of kidney transplants and 6% of liver transplants. Financial disincentives are a barrier for many potential living organ donors. Living organ donation typically includes a four- to six-week recovery period and many will use their vacation time or take unpaid absences during this period to donate.

“With fewer than four living donors per 100,000 employed persons, most companies will only rarely support a

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