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Tennessee's First-of-its-Kind Donor Care Unit Opens at Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital West

NASHVILLE, TN (November 10, 2023) – This fall, Tennessee Donor Services (TDS) and Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital West unveiled a collaborative Donor Care Unit at Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital West. This first-of- its-kind unit in Tennessee, is designed to better serve organ donors, their families, and transplant recipients.

“We are proud to partner with Tennessee Donor Services in this groundbreaking Donor Care Unit,” said Laurie Oliver, director for transplant services at Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital, “This collaborative effort exemplifies our shared commitment to transforming organ transplantation in our community. By providing a dedicated space and specialized resources, we are aligning our mission with the goal of saving more lives through organ donation.”

According to a study from Progress in Transplantation, when donors are transferred to dedicated recovery units, more organs are recovered for transplant than when donors remain in acute care units. The Donor Care Unit includes five donor care rooms and an operating room. TDS and Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital teams will work alongside one another to optimize donor care, reducing strain on acute and critical care unit resources throughout middle Tennessee.

“The Tennessee Donor Services Donor Care Unit at Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital West is an incredible opportunity to support organ donors and their families,” stated Jill Grandas, executive director at Tennessee Donor Services. “We’re excited to provide this service to our community knowing ultimately, this Donor Care Unit will help us save more lives.”

To learn more about organ donation or register to be an organ donor, visit DonateLifeTN.org.

About Tennessee Donor Services (TDS) An Extraordinary Commitment to Science, Health, and Hope Tennessee Donor Services (TDS) is a non-profit, organ procurement organization dedicated to saving andÔÇ»improving lives by connecting organ and tissue donations to the patients who need them. TDS serves more than six million people in Tennessee and Virginia. For more information about Tennessee Donor Services visit TennesseeDonor.org.

About Ascension Saint Thomas Ascension Saint Thomas operates 13 hospitals in Tennessee and a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices, clinics and rehabilitation facilities that cover a 45-county area and provided more than $180 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2022. Across the state, Ascension Saint Thomas and its affiliates employ more than 10,700 associates. The health system has a 125-year history in Tennessee. Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable, through its more than 2,600 sites of care in 19 states and the District of Columbia.

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