Our History


1968   Regional Organ Procurement Agency (ROPA) established with headquarters at UCLA Medical Center.
1977   Drs. Robert and Rafael Mendez incorporated OneLegacy under the name Southern California Organ Procurement and Preservation Center, Inc. (SCOPPC) to recover kidneys at hospitals not served by ROPA and to provide perfusion services to St. Vincent Medical Center's kidney transplant program.
1983   SCOPPC and all organ procurement organizations (OPOs) in the U.S. applied for a designated service area to be granted by the Health Care and Financing Administration (HCFA, now Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services [CMS]). HCFA designated Kern, Inyo, San Bernardino, Riverside and Tulare counties to SCOPPC. Although OPOs were assigned specific service areas, hospitals throughout the United States were allowed to contract with the OPO of their choice. This practice allowed for Los Angeles County hospitals to continue working with SCOPPC and some Inland Empire Hospitals to remain with ROPA.
1991   SCOPPC changed its name to the Southern California Organ Procurement Center (SCOPC) to reflect the organization’s focus on the procurement of organs for transplantation.
1990s   In the face of increasing public pressure, HCFA required OPOs to meet minimum standards to retain their federal designation to serve their respective communities.
1996   HCFA required that an OPO meet or exceed the 75th percentile in three of five performance standards. Both SCOPC and ROPA were challenged to meet the HCFA standards. In 1996, HCFA shifted Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties to SCOPC, with the exception of Kaiser Permanente hospitals.
1999   ROPA was decertified and HCFA awarded San Bernardino and Ventura counties and the remaining areas of Los Angeles County to SCOPC. Many of ROPA's employees joined SCOPC.
2001   SCOPC changed its name to OneLegacy to better communicate the value that donation brings to donors, families and recipients.
2003   OneLegacy began to provide tissue recovery services as a licensed tissue bank in Kern, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
2006   OneLegacy became the sole tissue recovery agency for the seven-county donation service area.
2006   Organs were recovered for transplant from 432 organ donors, OneLegacy's all-time high.
2013   OneLegacy set a U.S. record with 1,374 recovered organs transplanted.

The SCOPC logo was retired in 2001 as the organization
was rechristened "OneLegacy."

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