Source: RLS Media
NJ Sharing Network, the federally-designated nonprofit organization responsible for the recovery of donated organs and tissue in the state, announced that 92 organs were transplanted in September 2022 – the most ever in a single month in New Jersey; a record 12% increase.
More than 2.7 million New Jerseyans are registered as organ and tissue donors, ranking New Jersey #4 in the percentage of state population on the National Donate Life Registry.
Joseph S. Roth, President, and Chief Executive Officer, NJ Sharing Network, says, “We are saving more lives than ever through organ and tissue donation and transplantation thanks to the generosity of those in New Jersey. First and foremost, we thank and honor our donor heroes who generously gave the gift of life, as well as their supportive families. And the miracle of donation and transplantation would not be possible without the dedicated support and expertise of our clinical staff and hospital partners.”
During the past five years, NJ Sharing Network has increased its family support efforts within local hospitals as team members approached 60% more families to offer the opportunity for their loved ones to become organ donors.
“Our dedicated staff is fortunate to be supported by a wide range of community volunteers and partners who are committed to helping save lives and improve the health and wellbeing of our neighbors. Together, we offer compassionate care and support to donor families during their most difficult times of grief,” said Carolyn M. Welsh, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
NJ Sharing Network earned the prestigious NJBIZ 2021 Healthcare Heroes Award in recognition of its #DonationNeedsDiversity awareness initiative, which is credited with helping to build community trust and dispelling misinformation about donation and transplantation in urban, multicultural communities with the most residents waiting for transplant.
The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce and the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey also recently honored NJ Sharing Network as a “Champion of Diversity” for his accomplishments and for leading NJ Sharing Network’s #DonationNeedsDiversity awareness initiative.
There are over 100,000 Americans – nearly 4,000 of whom live in New Jersey – waiting for a life-saving transplant.
One organ and tissue donor can save eight lives and enhance the lives of over 75 others. To learn more, get involved, and register as an organ and tissue donor, visit njSharingNetwork.org .