Exposure is proud to announce that it has joined the Living Donor Circle of Excellence, a program by the American Society of Transplantation (AST) that celebrates employers offering paid leave to employees who become living organ donors.
“Living organ donation is a selfless act of compassion and generosity that has the power to save and transform lives,” said Lori Barton, Exposure VP of Accounts. “At our company, we recognize the immense importance of living organ donation and have taken a significant step to support it by offering paid leave to individuals who choose to become living organ donors.”
John Gill, MD, Founder of the Living Donor Circle of Excellence said, “Living donors are heros amongst us, their gift is life-saving for patients in need of a kidney or liver transplant and has a huge positive impact on society. Patients facing life-threatening diseases are able to live normal lives, raise their families, and participate in their communities. By supporting living organ donors, we are also building stronger communities.”
Today, more than 98,000 patients are waiting for a life-saving kidney or liver transplant. Of the transplants performed in 2022, living donors accounted for 29% of kidney transplants and 6% of liver transplants.
Financial disincentives are a barrier for many potential living organ donors. Living organ donation typically includes a four- to six-week recovery period and many will use their vacation time or take unpaid absences during this period to donate.
By offering paid leave policies for living donors, Living Donor Circle of Excellence members, like Exposure, enable their employees to help someone live a longer, healthier life without sacrificing the financial well-being of themselves or their families.
About the American Society of Transplantation
Founded in 1982, the American Society of Transplantation (AST) is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization dedicated to advancing the field of transplantation and improving patient care by promoting research, education, advocacy, organ donation, and service to the community. The society is the largest transplant organization in North America (consisting of more than 4,000 professional members) and is recognized as the premier society for transplantation. To learn more about AST, visit www.myast.org. To learn more about AST’s Living Donor Circle of Excellence, visit www.livingdonorcircle.com.