SAN DIEGO, CA – (February 14, 2022) In honor of National Donor Day, Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) is joining hospitals, organ procurement organizations, workplaces and other groups across the nation to encourage community members to help improve and save lives by registering as organ, eye and tissue donors.
According to organ donation statistics collected by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, nearly 17 people die each day waiting for an organ transplant. In addition, with over 106,000 men, women and children on the national transplant waiting list, another person is added every nine minutes.
“There is a critical need for organ, eye and tissue donation,” said Fran Butler-Cohen, FHCSD CEO. “At Family Health Centers of San Diego, we are committed to highlighting how people of all ages and backgrounds can help transform lives.”
Based on the Organ Procurement and Transportation Network’s report, donors and recipients do not need to share ethnicities. However, diversity matters. Individuals with rare immunity system markers are more likely to match with someone from a similar ethnic background.
Individuals can sign up to become donors through their state registry, local motor vehicle office and the Health app on an iPhone. For more information, please visit https://www.organdonor.gov/.
About Family Health Centers of San Diego
For over 50 years, Family Health Centers of San Diego’s (FHCSD) mission has been to provide caring, affordable, high-quality health care and supportive services to everyone, with a special commitment to uninsured, low-income and medically underserved persons. FHCSD is one of the nation’s ten largest FQHCs, operating 58 sites across San Diego County and providing care to over 227,000 patients each year, of whom 91% are low-income and 29% are uninsured.