ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 20, 2023 — Eversight, a leading global nonprofit eye bank, today announced it will provide eye banking services in Arizona in collaboration with Donor Network of Arizona (DNA), the state’s federally designated organ procurement organization (OPO). The partnership will take effect on July 1, 2023 and will help maximize the gifts of life, sight and mobility in Arizona and beyond.
“We are confident that this partnership with DNA will expand our shared mission impact in a meaningful way,” said Diane Hollingsworth, President/CEO of Eversight. “The values that guide DNA are closely aligned with Eversight’s. We are all working to empower people and transform lives by realizing the full potential of the precious gifts entrusted to us.”
Headquartered in Tempe, Ariz., DNA has historically operated a fully accredited eye bank. DNA selected Eversight as its eye banking partner in order to better serve all organ, eye and tissue donors, families and recipients. The partnership will allow DNA to concentrate on its core organ and tissue services, while Eversight makes the gift of sight possible.
“We believe that our new partnership with Eversight allows Donor Network of Arizona to focus on what we do best—donation—while collaborating with an organization whose mission closely aligns with ours to provide the gift of sight to those in need,” said Tim Brown, president and CEO of Donor Network of Arizona.
DNA will continue to recover eye tissues from Arizona donors and supply those tissues to Eversight for processing and distribution. Eversight will provide Arizona donor corneas to surgeons and their patients in need of sight-restoring transplantation, both in Arizona and elsewhere.
“Eversight values our important OPO relationships that enable us to maximize the gift of sight together,” Hollingsworth said. “We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with DNA to help make vision a reality for more people worldwide.”
Eversight is a nonprofit organization with a mission to restore sight and prevent blindness through the healing power of donation, transplantation and research. The Eversight network is responsible for recovering, evaluating and providing human eye tissue for transplantation; supporting research into the causes and cures of blinding eye conditions; promoting donation awareness through public and professional education; and providing humanitarian aid to people around the world in need of corneal transplantation. Operating in Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio and South Korea, Eversight works in collaboration with surgeons, researchers, academic medical centers and eye banks across the United States and abroad. For more information, visit eversightvision.org.
About Donor Network of Arizona
Donor Network of Arizona (DNA) fulfills the lifesaving and life-healing mission of organ and tissue donation as the state’s federally designated organ procurement organization. DNA’s work is made possible by the generosity of Arizona donors and their families. As also an eye and tissue recovering agency, DNA collaborates with health care and community partners to facilitate the gift of life. DNA is a vital link for transplantation and encourages Arizonans to sign up to be donors at DonateLifeAZ.org. Learn more about DNA at dnaz.org and follow @DonateLifeAZ on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Communications Director, Eversight