Carolina Donor Services Breaks Ground in Chapel Hill

Carolina Donor Services, North Carolina’s largest lifesaving organ donation and tissue recovery organization, has broken ground for its new headquarters at 1720 Millhouse Road, Chapel Hill, NC  27516. It is relocating from its 12,000 sq ft Durham building to a 56,000 sq ft Chapel Hill location by summer 2022. The company, whose service area includes over 100 hospitals and four transplant centers, serves over 7.2 million people in 77 counties in North Carolina and Virginia.

“We are excited about our move to Chapel Hill,” said Danielle Niedfeldt, RN, JD, President and CEO, Carolina Donor Services. “Our new office will enable us to better honor the gifts of life from our donors, increase our meeting spaces, serve our communities, and provide additional clinical suites for organ and tissue recoveries to ultimately save and heal more lives.”

Carolina Donor Services’ future building will be easily accessible from I40 and centrally located between the four transplant centers of Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, Duke University Medical Center in Durham, and UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill.

Phillips Architecture from Raleigh, NC has designed the facility with three recovery suites and Inland Construction is building it. Speakers at today’s groundbreaking ceremony included: Van Smith, Executive Vice President, Vidant Medical Center and Chairman, Carolina Donor Services Board of Directors; Pam Hemminger, Mayor, Town of Chapel Hill; Marc Christopher, Building Architect, Phillips Architecture; Rodney Cook, Heart Recipient; Member, Carolina Donor Services Medical Advisory Board; and UNC Alum; Stuart Knechtle, M.D., Surgeon, Duke Transplant; Member, Carolina Donor Services Board of Directors; and Donor Dad and Danielle Niedfeldt, RN, JD, President & CEO, Carolina Donor Services

Carolina Donor Services educates the public and health care professionals and increases the number of registered organ, eye and tissue donors. Additionally, it facilitates the recovery of organs and tissue for lifesaving transplants and provides grief support to its donor families.

Currently, nearly 113,000 men, women and children are waiting for lifesaving transplants across the nation. For more information about Carolina Donor Services or to register to become an organ, eye and tissue donor, visit 

About Carolina Donor Services

Carolina Donor Services is the federally-designated, not-for-profit organ and tissue donation organization serving 7.2 million people in 77 counties of North Carolina and Virginia. With offices in Durham, Greenville, and Winston-Salem, Carolina Donor Services maximizes the passing of the heroic gift of life from one human being to another through organ and tissue donation. In North Carolina, nearly 3,000 people are currently waiting for organ transplants, and nationally, approximately 113,000 people are on the organ waiting list. For more information, visit or call 1-800-200-2672.

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