by Anne Halliwell
Views about organ donation vary, naturally, by age, religion and race. But generally, most Americans — around 95 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services — approve of the practice. “We like to think people are generally in favor of donation,” said Charles Rosen, the director of the William J. von Liebig Center for Transplantation and Clinic Regeneration at Mayo Clinic. But across the board, 69 percent of Minnesotans are registered as donors. That number increases slightly to 72 percent in Olmsted County, where proximity to a large medical center may increase awareness of the need, but drops as low as 52 percent in Winona.
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Context: Mayo Clinic is the largest integrated transplant provider in the United States. Mayo Clinic's campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota include more than 150 surgeons and physicians and hundreds of allied health staff who are trained in caring for transplant patients. Mayo Clinic's multidisciplinary team of experts is trained in many specialties, including cardiology, cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery, hepatology, nephrology, neurology, pulmonology, hematology, reconstructive surgery, endocrinology, pediatrics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, psychiatry, dermatology, urology and infectious diseases.
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