About LifeCenter Northwest
LifeCenter Northwest is dedicated to saving lives through organ and tissue donation. As a federally designated nonprofit organ procurement organization and an AATB-accredited tissue recovery organization, we seek to be good stewards of the gift of life—and to honor the courageous donors and families who make donation possible. We live by our values—integrity, respect, collaboration, service, and courageous leadership—as we work with families, medical professionals, and communities across Alaska, Montana, North Idaho, and Washington.
What we do
Support and honor donor families
LifeCenter Northwest supports grieving families throughout the donation process. We provide support in person, by phone, and onsite at the hospital, and our after-care program includes a minimum of 18 months of grief support, including personal calls and letters, counseling referrals, and additional resources specific to the needs of the family. Our Family Services staff coordinates communication between donor families and recipients, and helps to honor donors through special projects and events such as memorial quilts, local donation celebrations, and honoree sponsorship on the annual Donate Life Rose Parade float.
Support and collaborate with medical professionals
We work closely with our 208 partner hospitals to maximize donation opportunities, so that together we can save and improve more lives across our region. Our Hospital Development team provides ongoing education for hospital staff on organ and tissue donation guidelines and procedures, to ensure that they always recognize and refer potential donors. We also help hospitals stay in compliance with federal regulations.
Provide clinical support for organ and tissue recovery
LifeCenter Northwest coordinators are available 24 hours a day at (888) 543-3287 for on-site response to potential donation referrals. Our coordinators assess a potential donor’s medical suitability for donation, provide clinical support, and manage the recovery of both organs and tissue. Our staff works with the United Network for Organ Sharing to place organs and coordinate transportation for transplant teams.
Educate the public
In addition to managing the Montana and Washington state donor registries, we strive to educate the communities we serve about organ and tissue donation, providing education programs such as DMV-based outreach and training, traffic education curricula, and presentations to schools and civic groups. Our volunteers (link to page) are an integral part of the LifeCenter Northwest family, and by sharing their stories they foster a better understanding and appreciation of donation.
We take our values seriously. They are posted in our offices, and we refer to them frequently to guide our behaviors, practices, and interactions— with each other and with all of our stakeholders.
Honesty, transparency, and reliability are paramount in all we do.
We treat others with compassion, support, and appreciation.
We strive to work in partnership with others, internally and externally, and to find common ground and shared goals to build upon together.
We honor our obligation to be good stewards of the gift of life, and our commitment to serve others as we carry out our mission.
We stand up for what is right, and our decisions and actions always support our mission.