The Utah Donor Registry is managed by DonorConnect. DonorConnect is the federally designated non-profit organ procurement organization (OPO) that serves Utah, southeastern Idaho, and western Wyoming. Funding for organ recovery activities is derived from standard acquisition fees charged to the transplant centers receiving the organs. These acquisition fees include expenses for surgeons, compatibility testing, transportation, donor hospitals, and clinical coordinators. DonorConnect bills the transplant center, which, in turn, bills the recipient and their health insurance. Funding for tissue recovery activities is derived from standard fees charged to the tissue processing agency, which, in turn, bills the physicians and hospitals utilizing these tissues.
The registry coordinates with the Utah Driver License Division and the Utah Lions Eye Bank to document and carry out each individual’s wishes.
If you live outside of the state of Utah, please go to Donate Life America to find the donor registry for your state.
The mission of the Utah Donor Registry is to
- ensure that all those who want to donate can document their wishes, and
- provide educational materials on the benefits of organ, eye, tissue, and living donation.
Donation Related Statistics
- On average, 20 people die each day waiting for an organ transplant.
- An average of 92 transplants take place every day in the United States.
- Over 123,000 in the United States are waiting for a life saving organ transplant.
- 34,771 transplants were performed in the United States in 2017.
- Another person is added to the waiting list every 10 minutes.
- Every person who signs up on the organ donor registry makes a difference to those waiting.