Kandy Takas | Kidney Transplant Recipient | Millbury, Ohio

LCO CEO pushes for organ transplantation system reform

August 28, 2023 | By Kara Steele
LCO CEO pushes for organ transplantation system reform

Last month, Life Connection of Ohio President & CEO Matthew Wadsworth traveled to Washington, DC to provide testimony during the Senate Committee on Finance Health Care Subcommittee hearing centered around reforming the organ transplantation system. (Watch the full hearing here.)

In 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published new regulations to ensure the 57 organ procurement organizations (OPOs) responsible for coordinating organ donation are held accountable for their performance. The following year, Matthew testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability in an effort to expedite these regulations. For Life Connection of Ohio and other OPOs that embraced the initiative, guidance is needed on how best to collectively proceed.

While some of the 57 organ procurement organizations (OPOs) may be on different pages, one thing everyone can agree on is the importance of saving more lives through organ donation. Life Connection of Ohio stands ready to collaborate with other OPOs and move forward in service to donor heroes, donor families, transplant recipients and those waiting for a second chance at life.