The History of Sharing Hope SC
Hope in Everything We Do
Sharing Hope SC is an independent nonprofit corporation dedicated to advancing organ, eye and tissue donation in South Carolina for transplantation and research. Together we inspire our community, offer hope and change lives through the gift of organ, eye and tissue donation. We provide professional and public education regarding such donations, educational and emotional support to families of potential donors, and we are the organ and tissue recovery organization for South Carolina. Sharing Hope SC is committed to serving our state effectively, efficiently and ethically at every level, and through alliances with interested individuals and organizations.
Established in 1984, Sharing Hope SC was originally known as the South Carolina Organ Procurement Agency (SCOPA). The organization was incorporated in South Carolina on October 3, 1988, and the name was changed to LifePoint on June 15, 2001.
In January 2003, Sharing Hope SC and the South Carolina Lions Eye Bank merged services to provide a more efficient donor program for the state. (The Ocular Division of Sharing Hope SC was initially established by the Lions of South Carolina in 1957.) Through the merger, the Lions continue to play an integral role in the donor program by serving on Sharing Hope SC’s Board of Directors. In January 2005, the American Red Cross Southeastern Tissue Services ceased recovering tissue nationwide so Sharing Hope SC now also handles tissue recovery in addition to organ and ocular recovery within our South Carolina service area.
In May 2015, Sharing Hope SC announced that it is transferring its ocular department to Miracles in Sight (MIS) headquartered in Winston Salem, North Carolina. The leaders at Sharing Hope SC recognize eye bank specialization and consolidation of services are essential to meeting the future needs for cornea transplants and ocular surgeons in South Carolina. Sharing Hope SC continues as the organ procurement organization (OPO) and tissue recovery organization for South Carolina and remains dedicated to honoring people’s end-of-life wishes to be organ and tissue donors.
In November 2016, LifePoint changed its name to Sharing Hope SC to better reflect the organization’s mission of making donation an everyday conversation.
Certified by the federal government, Sharing Hope SC is the designated Organ Procurement Organization (OPO) for organ recovery services in South Carolina, excepting Aiken and Edgefield counties. Sharing Hope SC actively provides organ and tissue donor services to 62 hospitals throughout the state.
We offer professional education about donation to the hospital staff members in order to maximize the amount and quality of donated organs and tissues. Sharing Hope SC also helps support and educates families at an emotionally devastating time, so they can make well-informed decisions about organ and tissue donation. Whether they decide for or against donation, our aim is to assure that they will feel they have made the right decision in the months and years to come.
Accreditation & Certifications
As the designated Organ Procurement Organization (OPO) for South Carolina, Sharing Hope SC adheres to strict regulations, accreditation and certifications. Some of these credentials include:
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Certified – Organ Division (PDF certificate 197KB)
- American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) Accredited (PDF certificate 197KB)
- Association of Organ Procurement Organizations Accredited
- Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Tissue Establishment Registration – Charleston FDA 2021 Charleston License
- Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Tissue Establishment Registration – Columbia FDA 2021 Columbia License
Become a Donor Today
In 30 short minutes, three people will be added to the national transplant list, where approximately 120,000 people in the U.S. and over 1,000 in South Carolina are waiting for a life-saving transplant - 22 of those people will die today before receiving one. A single donation can make an enormous difference, both to the donor’s family and the recipient.