For more than 40 years, the Mid-South Transplant Foundation has helped to facilitate the organ and tissue donation process between donor families and recipients and promotes awareness of donation through public and professional education.
The Mid-South Transplant Foundation (MSTF) works to connect people in need life-saving organ and tissue transplants with donors. We serve as an organ donor network for counties in West Tennessee, North Mississippi and East Arkansas, working diligently to establish close relationships with the hospitals and the communities we serve.
MSTF is committed to saving the lives or improving the quality of life for people in need of transplants, while also ensuring donors’ end-of-life wishes are fulfilled. We’re recognized by the United Network for Organ Sharing and certified by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services.
MTSF promotes awareness of donation throughout the Mid-South and educates the public about the importance of organ and tissue donation, how the process works, and how to become registered donors. Learn more about how you can be part of this life-saving work.
Our story began in 1968, when a tissue typing laboratory was set up in Memphis. In 1970, Dr. Louis G. Britt, M.D. performed the area’s first kidney transplant, followed by three more local kidney transplants that year.
Funding posed difficulty, with insurance companies considering transplants to be experimental. But in 1972, Medicare began covering the costs of dialysis and transplants, giving more people access to life-saving procedures.
In 1976, Mid-South Transplant Foundation was established as a private nonprofit. We have been instrumental in the recovery of hundreds of organ donations and are committed to helping meet the ever-increasing demand.
We proudly remember our founder, Dr. Britt (1931-2015), for his vision, dedication, leadership, and life-saving service to the community.