National Kidney Registry Announces Paid Leave Policy for Employees Who Become Living Donors
GREENWICH, Conn., October 3, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The National Kidney Registry is proud to announce that it has joined the growing list of organizations that have committed to having a paid leave policy for living organ donation.
More than 100,000 people are waiting for life-saving kidney or liver transplants, but only four out of 25,000 people donate an organ during their lifetime. Financial disincentives are a barrier for many potential living organ donors. Living organ donation usually includes a recovery period of four to six weeks and many will use their vacations or take unpaid time off during this time to donate.
To address this issue, the National Kidney Registry created the Donor Shield program, which includes lost wage reimbursement and free legal assistance for donors whose employment is terminated as a result of living donation. Although Donor Shield offers protections for employees who wish to become living donors, the ultimate goal is for every organization to encourage and support employees who wish to become living donors.
To achieve this goal and continue to encourage its own employees to support its mission to increase the number of living donor transplants, the National Kidney Registry has expanded its existing paid donor leave policy to include all living donor donations. living organs and joined the circle of living donors. of excellence. This program, an initiative of the American Society of Transplantation (AST), celebrates employers who implement internal policies that provide salary support to employees who choose to be living organ donors.
“The National Kidney Registry has always been supportive of its employees becoming living kidney donors, and now we are proud to implement a formal paid leave policy for all living donors to affirm our support for living donation. , both within our company and among the general public,” said Michael Lolo, CEO of the National Kidney Registry. “I hope that by implementing a paid leave policy for all living donors, we will set an example that will encourage other organizations outside the transplant and healthcare world to give their employees the opportunity to change or save someone’s life.”
John GillMD, Founder of the Living Donor Circle of Excellence, said, “Living donors are heroes among us, their donation saves the lives of patients in need of kidney or liver transplants and has a huge positive impact on the society. Patients facing life-threatening illnesses are able to lead normal lives, raise families and participate in their communities. By supporting living organ donors, we also build stronger communities.
About the American Society of Transplantation
Founded in 1982, the American Society of Transplantation (AST) is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization dedicated to advancing the field of transplantation and improving patient care by promoting research, education, advocacy, organ donation and community service. The Society is the largest transplant organization in North America (composed of over 4,000 professional members) and is recognized as the premier transplant society. AST members are sought after as transplant experts and advocates. Other transplant organizations, policy makers, regulators, payers, academic institutions, and the general public turn to AST for transplant advice, research, and resources. To learn more, visit: www.myast.org.
SOURCE National Kidney Registry