FEATURE – A Michigan NGO that facilitates organ and tissue donation shares its experience with value stream mapping, reflecting on people coming together to understand the gap between current and future state.
With more than 123,000 people needing organ transplants in the United States, and given the urgency of such procedures, finding ways to become more efficient and save precious time should be a priority for any organization working to facilitate organ donation.
It certainly is for us at Gift of Life Michigan (GOLM), a non-profit and Michigan’s only federally designated organ and tissue recovery program. We are active 24 hours a day, providing all the services necessary for organ donation to occur without any problems – our resources cover the 630 highway miles from corner-to-corner of Michigan’s two peninsulas. We essentially act as a liaison between donors, families, hospitals, and transplant centers, recovering more than 900 organs (but also bone, skin and other tissue) every year from 300 or more organ donors and saving hundreds of lives. We also maintain and grow the Michigan Organ Donor Registry in partnership with the Michigan Secretary of State.READ MORE