About Us

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Washington Regional Transplant Community (WRTC) is an organ procurement organization (OPO); one of 58 federally-designated, non-profit agencies nationwide responsible for facilitating the organ, eye and tissue donation process of deceased individuals. OPOs like WRTC work collaboratively with their local hospital partners, medical professionals, donor families and community members to build the programs, systems and processes needed to make donation possible. As stewards of these life-saving gifts, OPOs bridge the gap between the generous donors and the 120,000 people on the national transplant waiting list.

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VISION

Healing our communities through organ and tissue donation.

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MISSION

To recover organs and tissues by preserving every donation option, excelling in recovery and placement, and providing care for donors and their families.

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VALUES
COMPASSION

To care for donor families and those awaiting transplantation.

DIVERSITY

To build community through multicultural partnerships.

LEADERSHIP

To demonstrate excellence in our areas of work.

HONOR

To respect each other and the donation wished of the patients and their families.

STEWARDSHIP

To protect the precious resources entrusted to us.

TRUST

To earn, sustain, preserve public and professional confidence in all we do.

RECOVERY SERVICES

A single call from a hospital to WRTC sets in motion a complex, sophisticated and beautiful donation process that will forever connect a donor, the donor’s family, surgical and transplant teams, with patients waiting for life-saving organs and tissues. WRTC’s role in this incredible process is:
 
  • · HANDLE DONOR REFERRAL CALLS FROM ALL HOSPITALS IN THE WASHINGTON, D.C. AREA
  • · GUIDE GRIEVING FAMILIES THROUGH THE DONATION PROCESS
  • · EVALUATE MEDICAL SUITABILITY AND MANAGE THE CARE OF PROSPECTIVE DONORS
  • · WORK DIRECTLY WITH THE UNITED NETWORK FOR ORGAN SHARING (UNOS) TO IDENTIFY MATCHING RECIPIENTS
  • · COORDINATE THE RECOVERY OF ORGANS AND TISSUES WITH SURGICAL TEAMS
  • · PROVIDE NON-TRANSPLANTABLE ORGANS AND TISSUES FOR RESEARCH AND EDUCATION
 

National and Local Partnerships

Washington Regional Transplant Community (WRTC) works with many organizations on the national, regional, and local levels. From local churches to national certification programs, WRTC strives to integrate our expertise into the organ donation community, while keeping our staff abreast of new developments, certifications, and best practices. Below are just a few of the major organizations WRTC partners with throughout the country.