Strive Health Supports Living Donor Employees

Author : Strive Health

DENVER – April 3, 2023Strive Health, the national leader in value-based kidney care, has joined the Living Donor Circle of Excellence. This program is an initiative from of the American Society of Transplantation (AST) with support from strategic partner the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), and celebrates employers who implement internal policies that provide salary support to their employees who choose to be a living organ donor.

“We are proud to offer full-time and part-time Strivers who become living donors up to eight weeks of paid leave,” said Dave Thornton, Chief People Officer at Strive. “There’s no waiting period — Strivers are eligible to take the leave immediately upon hire. This benefit is an important part of Strive’s culture of wellbeing.”

John Gill, MD, Founder of the Living Donor Circle of Excellence said, “Living donors are heroes among us. Their gift is life-saving for patients in need of a kidney or liver transplant and has a huge positive impact on society. Patients facing life-threatening diseases are able to live normal lives, raise their families, and participate in their communities. By supporting living organ donors, we are also building stronger communities.”

Today, more than 100,000 patients are waiting for a life-saving kidney or liver transplant. Of the transplants performed in 2021, living donors accounted for 24% of kidney transplants and 6% of liver transplants. Financial disincentives are a barrier for many potential living organ donors. Living organ donation typically includes a four- to six-week recovery period and many will use their vacation time or take unpaid absences during this period to donate.

“Every day, 12 people die on the waitlist,” said Kevin Longino, Chief Executive Officer of NKF and a kidney transplant recipient. “We need to rip down every possible barrier to becoming a living donor. Members of The Circle are doing just that by supporting those willing to help others struggling with life-threatening illness and helping to reduce any financial burden from living donation.”

The Circle encourages other employers to follow Strive to help others in need of life-saving organ transplants. You can learn more about AST’s Living Donor Circle of Excellence here.


Strive Health is the nation’s leader in value-based kidney care and partner of choice for innovative healthcare payors and providers. Using a unique combination of technology-enabled care interventions and seamless integration with local providers, Strive forms an integrated care delivery system that supports the entire patient journey from chronic kidney disease (CKD) to end-stage kidney disease (ESKD). To help patients, Strive partners with commercial and Medicare Advantage payors, Medicare, health systems and physicians through flexible value-based payment arrangements, including risk-based programs. As of April 2023, Strive serves over 73,000 CKD and ESKD patients and partners with over 600 nephrology providers across 30 states. Strive’s case management and population health programs are accredited by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), and its technology platform, CareMultiplier™, is certified by HITRUST. To learn more, visit

Founded in 1982, the American Society of Transplantation (AST) is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization dedicated to advancing the field of transplantation and improving patient care by promoting research, education, advocacy, organ donation, and service to the community. The society is the largest transplant organization in North America (consisting of more than 4,000 professional members) and is recognized as the premier society for transplantation. AST members are sought out as transplant experts and advocates. Other transplant organizations, policy makers, regulatory agencies, payors, academic institutions, and the general public look to the AST for guidance, research, and resources related to transplantation. To learn more, visit

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the largest, most comprehensive, and longstanding patient-centric organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention, and treatment of kidney disease in the U.S. For more information about NKF, visit


Nicole Leatherman 

Strive Health 


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