Perth Amboy Hospital Awarded For Organ/Transplant Donation Work; Plastic Bag Ban Begins In May

Sources: RLS Media

Hackensack Meridian Raritan Bay Medical Center (HMRBMC) has been honored with the 2021 Workplace Partnership for Life Platinum Award for its organ and tissue donation awareness program from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Platinum Award is the highest accolade granted by HRSA to hospitals who promote organ and tissue donation among their community and hospital.

HMRBMC coordinates its outreach efforts with NJ Sharing Network, the nonprofit organization responsible for the recovery and placement of donated organs and tissue in the Garden State.

“Raritan Bay Medical Center and our hospital partners are vital to our life-saving mission,” said Alyssa D’Addio, director, Hospital and Community Services, NJ Sharing Network.

“We have been fortunate to work with Raritan Bay’s dedicated team members. They are truly great advocates and have shown great passion and energy in educating others about the power of donation and transplantation.”

“We are proud to be recognized by HRSA for our ongoing partnership with NJ Sharing Network to save and enhance lives through organ donation and transplantation,” said William DiStanislao, interim president, chief hospital executive, Raritan Bay Medical Center.

“There are nearly 4,000 New Jersey residents currently waiting for a life-saving transplant. We must continue to remind our community that registering as an organ and tissue donor can help bring the gift of life to others.”

One organ donor can save eight lives, and tissue donations can enhance the lives of as many as six dozen different people. To learn more, get involved and register as an organ and tissue donor, visit

Effective May 4, 2022, all New Jersey retail stores, grocery stores, and food service businesses will be prohibited from both providing and selling single-use plastic and polystyrene foam food packaging.

As an alternative, single-use paper bags can be provided and sold, except in grocery stores large than 2,500 square feet, which may only provide and sell reusable bags.

These bans come only months after the ban of plastic straws in New Jersey, which began in November 2021. Together, these laws on banning plastic and foam products are some of the most progressive in the country, with the goal of reducing the carbon footprint of consumers in New Jersey.

“While this new law will certainly be a learning curve, banning plastic bags and polystyrene foam will help us all to reduce our harmful impact on the environment,” Roselle Park Mayor Joe Signorello said. “I am looking forward to the benefits this ban will bring to not only Roselle Park but to New Jersey as a whole.”

The “Bag Up NJ” campaign provides further details of this new legislation. For more information and to know how you can prepare, visit

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