Because of the great need, the federal government enacted legislation aimed at increasing the availability of organs and tissue for transplantation. Under the Required Request law, hospitals must inform families of potential organ donors of the option of organ donation. The most important step in considering organ and tissue donation is a family discussion so that family members are fully informed and aware of each other's wishes regarding organ donation. Preferences also may be indicated on driver's licenses and Uniform Donor Cards. If you would like additional information about organ donation, please ask your physician, a member of the nursing staff, or visit the NYP Organ Donation page.