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Governor Signs Bill Expanding Organ Donor Registry
Posted on: 8/16/2017

Last week, Gov. Rauner signed an ISMS-supported bill to expand Illinois' organ donor registry – and ISMS President Nestor Ramirez, MD, MPH, was in attendance.

House Bill 1805 (now Public Act 100-0041) allows 16- and 17-year-olds to join the state’s First Person Consent Organ/Tissue Donor Registry when they receive their driver’s license or identification card. The bipartisan legislation was initiated by the Secretary of State’s office, backed by ISMS and passed the General Assembly with no opposition.

At the signing ceremony, legislative sponsors, representatives from Illinois' organ and tissue procurement organizations, and families with personal connections to organ donation spoke passionately about the need for individuals to register as organ and tissue donors.

Being an organ donor is a selfless and honorable choice. Illinois physicians are thankful for everyone who gives the gift of life through organ donation, and we applaud our elected officials for offering that option to more young people.

As a physician, patients may come to you for guidance regarding the decision to become an organ and tissue donor. To help navigate the complexities of organ donation, ISMS has developed a medical legal guideline, A Physician's Guide to Advance Directives: Organ Donation.

This resource is designed to prepare physicians to respond to questions about organ donation and to educate them about their basic responsibilities concerning anatomical gifts, while abiding by the law and adhering to standards of medical practice.

This ISMS medical legal guideline is a member provided benefit and is password protected. If you need to request a username and password, contact online support at 888-476-7776 or onlinehelp@isms.org between 8:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. After-hours requests are answered promptly the next business day. You may also register online or retrieve your username or password.


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