Midwest Transplant Network has been saving and
enhancing lives for half a century.

Here are some key milestones from our first 50 years.

Since Midwest Organ Bank (now Midwest Transplant Network) was incorporated in 1973, our team has had the privilege of transforming lives: the lives of transplant recipients and their loved ones as well as donor families. Now, 50 years later, we’re reflecting on half a century of transformations. Technology has evolved, and our team has grown significantly — making it possible to save and enhance more lives than ever before.

None of the inspiring stories you see below would be possible without donor heroes, whose generosity enabled others to lead healthier lives. These heroes or their families lovingly said “yes” to giving the gift of life to those in need. These “yeses,” which may seem simple, have touched countless individuals, families and friend groups for half a century.

Saving and enhancing lives through donation is an incredible honor for our staff members, yet it’s an honor that would not be possible without strong support from our many partners. We thank our hospital partners; area transplant centers; licensing, Treasury and Department of Revenue partners; funeral home professionals, coroners and medical examiners; volunteer Ambassadors; Board of Directors; and everyone else who plays a role in the donation and transplantation process.

When thinking about our 50th year, we look forward to celebrating with the many individuals and teams who make our important work possible. We also reflect on those whose lives have ended, yet whose legacies live on through their recipients. 

If you haven’t already, please join the organ, eye and tissue donor registry and encourage your friends and family members to do the same. You could save up to eight lives through organ donation and enhance up to 100 more through tissue donation — forever impacting your legacy and those of your recipients.

Warm regards,

Jan Finn, RN, MSN
President & Chief Executive Officer