Board releases two member institutions from probation
Atlanta – At its meeting today, the OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors released two member institutions from probation: The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, and New Mexico Donor Services. The Board had placed The Methodist Hospital on probation in March 2014 based on a need to address issues relating to the acceptance and non-usage of a donated heart. The Board had placed New Mexico Donor Services on probation in November 2013 based on a need for systematic improvement to address several areas of policy compliance. “Both institutions have developed and shown adherence to corrective action plans to address prior issues,” said OPTN/UNOS President Carl Berg, M.D. United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) serves as the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) by contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Division of Transplantation. The OPTN brings together medical professionals, transplant recipients and donor families to develop national organ transplantation policy.