Organ & Tissue Donation

We collaborate with three recovery agencies to honor our patient's wishes for organ, tissue and eye donation at the time of death.

  • University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Organ Procurement
  • Wisconsin Tissue Bank
  • Lion's Eyebank of Wisconsin

At death, all patients are evaluated and if medically eligible, recovery is coordinated with the appropriate recovery agency. Recovery occurs in the operating room, does not delay funeral arrangements or an open casket viewing. There is no additional medical expense to the family of an organ, tissue donor.

There are 105,000 people on waiting lists for organ donations in the U.S. and 1500 still wait in Wisconsin. Hundreds more wait for their sight to be restored through eye donation and thousands wait for the chance to live without pain through a bone or soft tissue transplant. Eighteen people will die today because they didn't get a transplant in time.

At Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, please contact Jodie Gonia, RN, CCRN, Donation Liaison at 608-392-9496

For additional information on organ and tissue donation please visit the Donate Life Wisconsin web site.