"Organ procurement organizations take a streamlined approach to the transplant process, removing much of the inefficiency and cost out of the complex sequence of organ donation."
from the article:
"This is where the industry is going," says Joe Weber, CORE's chief financial officer. Adds Kurt Shutterly, CORE's COO, "It's better for the OPOs, better for the hospital, and better for the families." Just on cost alone, there's a huge advantage, he says. While a cardiothoracic workup costs $30,000 at a donor's hospital, "we should be able to do that for a fraction of that cost."
While the donor is kept breathing in CORE's intensive care units, surgical teams from any of the five nearby transplant hospitals will zoom in. Then, at a precise, pre-set time multiple surgeons in one of the facility's three surgical suites, will retrieve the organs. The surgeons will take them back to their respective transplant hospitals to be placed in waiting patients by other surgeons...
Operating a center that maintains a heart beat for a brain-dead donor is an expanded role for an organ procurement center, 58 of which are regionally certified by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to evaluate potential donors, discuss donation with family, run match lists, and arrange for recoveries. Many OPOs currently run such donor procurement centers, but only for cadaveric donation of tissue and bone, not for organ donation in a braindead donor...
" The facility even has a family waiting room, which was included in the layout because of the concern families at the donor's hospital would refuse to let their loved one be transferred unless they could sit with them until the last minutes before surgery..."
"This is where the industry is going..."
Go to "Health Leaders Media" for the complete article: http://healthleadersmedia.com/print/QUA-302208/Organ-Recovery-Centers-Reduce-Transplant-Costs-37