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Latest News Stories

Donor Remberance Day

Donor Remberance Day

By: David Wells Posted at 12:15 PM, Apr 30, 2021 and last updated 2:15 PM, Apr 30, 2021 SALT LAKE CITY — Friday is Donor Remembrance Day - a chance to honor those whose decision to be organ donors helped others have a better chance at life.
Utah's 'Donate Life' license plate...

Utah's 'Donate Life' license plate...

By: Emily Ashcraft, Posted at 14:47 p.m., Feb. 2, 2022 MURRAY — Lisa Osmond said her son Adam came home one day and was "just thrilled" to start telling her what he had learned about organ donations. She said he knew he was going to save a life someday, and made sure she knew that he wanted to be a donor.
After the death of their sister...

After the death of their sister...

By: Courtney Tanner Posted at 9:00 AM, June 13, 2021 and last updated 9:46 p.m., June 13, 2021 WEST JORDAN • Under the welcome shade of the maple tree on the corner of Countrywood Lane, the two girls carefully constructed their lemonade stand.

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Tracy C. Schmidt

Tracy C. SchmidtMHA, FACHE

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Melissa Lloyd

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Chuck ZollingerMHA, RN, CPTC

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Fact Sheets

Media Terminology Guide

We kindly request that media covering donation and transplantation stories consider using the following terminology out of respect to donor heroes and their loved ones and to describe the lifesaving donation and transplantation process most accurately.

  • Organs, tissues and corneas are “recovered,” not “harvested,” “removed” or “taken.”
  • An individual who is brain dead may be on “mechanical support” but not “life support.”
  • Organ, tissue and cornea donors are “deceased donors” or “donor heroes” not “cadavers” or “cadaveric donors.”
  • Brain death is death; it is permanent and irreversible. The individual is “clinically and legally deceased” not “in a coma,” and they cannot “wake up.”
  • Patients waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant are placed on the “national transplant waiting list.”
  • DonorConnect is the state’s “organ recovery organization,” one of 58 similar nonprofit organizations nationwide. We are also an “accredited tissue bank.”
  • DonorConnect works with partners to facilitate “tissue transplants” not “tissue grafts.”
  • Hospitals where donation takes place are “donor hospitals.” Hospitals where transplantation takes place are “transplantation centers.”