Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency (LOPA) was established on April 1, 1988 as an independent, not-for-profit organ and tissue recovery agency. LOPA is federally designated by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid as the organ procurement organization (OPO) responsible for servicing the state of Louisiana. LOPA is tasked with two main objectives; housing and maintaining the Louisiana Donor Registry, and recovering organs and tissue for transplant. LOPA partners with professionals throughout the state, including eye banks and all hospitals within Louisiana, to accomplish its life saving and enhancing goals. Education is key to this process, and our staff offers a variety of educational opportunities for the public and professionals within our state.
LOPA has a governing board and an advisory board to guide the agency and help us meet our mission.
Donor referrals are called into LOPA's 24 hour call center. At that time, the referral is screened for registration, and all possible donation opportunities. If donation is an option, our staff walks that donor's next of kin through the process of donation. LOPA commits service and support to our donor families. LOPA understands that there is no cure for the grief families of donors feel for their loss, therefore, we offer various grief resources, up to and including information on communication with transplant recipients who receive their loved-ones gift of life.
LOPA's Core Purpose is “Making Life Happen”.