Best Practices & Continuous Improvement

Donor Care Network Centers of Excellence have committed to providing the highest level of service, support and care to living kidney donors. Donors who donate through the Donor Care Network are asked to provide feedback via email surveys throughout the donation process to enable centers to quickly correct any process that needs improvement and to ensure the donor has the best experience possible. See all commitments.

Donor Shield Protections

Donor Shield is a comprehensive set of protections offered to all living kidney donors who donate through a Donor Care Network Center of Excellence. Donor Shield includes cost reimbursement for lost wages, donation-related travel and dependent care, legal support, complication protection, and more. Learn more about Donor Shield.

Easy Online Screening

Potential donors can use our convenient online system to complete an initial screening and medical history to determine if they are medically qualified to donate and which centers will accept them as donor candidates. Donor candidates can complete the screening on their schedule from home for optimum convenience and privacy. All information is kept confidential, and candidates may opt out of the process at any time.

Local Testing & Donation

With the Donor Care Network, potential kidney donors can have all pre-workup lab testing done at a local lab, free of charge. In some cases, a phlebotomist can come to your home or place of business for blood draws. When it’s time for the donation surgery, donors may choose the DCN center that is most convenient to them. Using GPS tracking and the NKR Failsafe system, the donated kidney will be transported safely to the recipient center for transplantation.

Donor Connect

When you are considering donating a kidney, you probably have questions. Through the Donor Connect program, all potential donors will have the option to speak with a living kidney donor mentor who can answer questions objectively, offer honest insights, and provide education based on their own kidney donation experience.

Prioritization for a Living Donor Kidney

Any donor who registers through the Donor Care Network and donates through the National Kidney Registry will receive prioritization for a living donor kidney in the unlikely case that they need a kidney transplant in the future. Research shows that living donor kidney transplants can last approximately twice as long as deceased donor kidney transplants.