Since 1984, one organization has been responsible for facilitating nearly 3,000 organ donors and almost 10,000 transplants in South Carolina, saving a great many lives in the process. Originally known as the South Carolina Organ Procurement Organization (SCOPA), the group changed its name to LifePoint in 2001 and gradually expanded its services to include ocular and tissue donations as well. Now, with the arrival of the Lifepoint Health hospital system to our state, the organization is going through a vibrant rebrand to We Are Sharing Hope SC to underscore how they serve their donor families, recipients, and community as a whole.
“We believe by changing our name we can now realize even more of the aspirations we have as an organization to make donation an everyday conversation,” the organization’s press release reads. “We know the difference a single donation can make, both to the donor’s family and to the recipient. It is a very delicate balance on either end but we believe our work together can share hope with all of those who may be impacted by the gift of donation. “
We Are Sharing Hope SC actively provides organ and tissue donor services to 62 hospitals throughout the state and helps support and educate families at an emotionally devastating time, so they can make well-informed decisions about organ, eye and tissue donation.
Their services include:
• Recovering organs and tissues for transplantation to save, heal and enhance lives
• Determining suitability of organs and tissues for transplantation to ensure the safety of potential recipients
• Coordinating with and educating our professional partners about the donation process
• Offering donor family support counseling during the donation process
• Providing care and support for our donor families after donation
• Supporting the recovery and use of all non-transplantable organs and tissues for research and education
To celebrate their rebranding the organization is hosting two open house events at their two offices in March—one in Charleston (3950 Faber Place Drive, Suite 400) on March 15 and one in West Columbia (164 Lott Court) on March 22. Both events run from 5:30 pm to 8 pm, and all hospital partners are invited to come meet their new CEO, David DeStefano. Light hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine will be served. The first 100 attendees will receive a We Are Sharing Hope SC special gift! RSVP to Kathy Loudermilk 843-763-7755 or 800-462-0755 or LoudermilkK@SharingHopeSC.org