Donor Network of Arizona begins
Donor Network of Arizona (DNA) saw its beginning as a branch of Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, the hospital now called Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix. The organization assumed responsibility for organ procurement for most of the state of Arizona. By 1986, the hospital had established the state’s first organ and tissue bank, and the organization came to be known as Arizona Organ and Tissue Bank (AOTB).
AOTB became an independent, community-based organization
With the support of Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, and University Medical Center, AOTB became an independent, community-based organization in 1992.
AOTB changed its name to Donor Network of Arizona
In 1993, AOTB became a full-service recovery agency when its services expanded to include ocular recovery. At this time, AOTB changed its name to Donor Network of Arizona.
DNA acquired the Arizona Lions Eye and Tissue Bank
DNA acquired the Arizona Lions Eye and Tissue Bank in the spring of 1995, making it the only cornea recovery agency in the state.
DNA incorporates an immunogenetics laboratory
In 1997, DNA added another facet by incorporating an immunogenetics laboratory in order to provide the genetic testing necessary to match donor organs to kidney and pancreas recipients.
DNA now serves the entire state
DNA now serves the entire state of Arizona from its home office located in central Phoenix and a satellite office located in Tucson.