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DENVILLE, N.J. – November 27, 2012 – NJ Sharing Network, the non-profit organization responsible for the recovery of organs and tissue for nearly 5,000 New Jersey residents awaiting life-saving transplants, recently presented Saint Clare’s Health System in Denville with its Circle of Life Award.

The honor is awarded to New Jersey hospitals during NJ Sharing Networks 25th anniversary year who demonstrate a steadfast commitment to saving and enhancing lives through the miracle of organ and tissue donation and transplantation. 

Saint Clare’s Health System received the prestigious award during a ceremony at the Denville hospital for its long-standing commitment to assist NJ Sharing Network with the recovery of organs and tissue after a patient has passed away. Organs recovered from one patient can save up to eight lives, while tissue, such as skin, bone, heart valves and corneas, can enhance the lives of up to 50 patients.

NJ Sharing Network officials, joined by donor family member and NJ Sharing Network volunteer, John Longo, thanked hospital staff for their commitment to organ and tissue recovery and the gift of life it gives others, presented Linda Alexander, RN, Emergency Department nurse, Diane Hassa, RN, MSN, Clinical Nurse Educator, and Linda Keller, RN, BSN, MS, Administrator, Saint Clare’s Health Center at Sussex, with the award.

“Organ donation and transplantation is a complex and rare medical procedure,” said Joseph Roth, president and chief executive officer of NJ Sharing Network. “Having a health care system partner like Saint Clare’s that continuously demonstrates its commitment to fulfill an organ donor’s final wishes gives more hope to the thousands of New Jersey patients who are on the transplant waiting list. NJ Sharing Network is honored to have such a dedicated partner and presents our Circle of Life Award to Saint Clare’s Health System as an expression of thanks for all it has done to support organ donation and transplantation.” 

Over the years, Saint Clare’s Health System has worked closely with NJ Sharing Network to honor the decisions of individuals or their families to donate organs and tissue in a caring and compassionate manner, with an end result of a patient receiving a desperately needed transplant.

“We are proud to work so closely with the NJ Sharing Network and to support the process of organ donation,” said Leslie D. Hirsch, president and chief executive officer at Saint Clare’s Health System. “We recognize the sacrifice that goes with organ donation, but it is through this gift of life that others will have a healthier tomorrow.  We are proud to be a part of this program which saves so many lives.”

NJ Sharing Network continues to advocate on behalf of individuals in need of life-saving and life-enhancing transplants and is a source of comfort for family members who make the courageous decision to donate a loved one’s organs and tissue.

To learn more about organ and tissue donation contact NJ Sharing Network at 1-800-742-7365 or visit www.NJSharingNetwork.org to register as an organ and tissue donor.

About NJ Sharing Network
NJ Sharing Network is a non-profit, federally designated organization responsible for the recovery and placement of donated organs and tissue for New Jersey residents in need of life-saving transplants. NJ Sharing Network is celebrating 25 years of saving lives through organ and tissue donation in 2012.  For information about donation and transplantation in NJ, contact us at 1-800-742-7365 or info@sharenj.org.

About Saint Clare’s Health System

Saint Clare’s Health System, which has served the healthcare needs of northwestern New Jersey residents since 1895, is the region’s premier provider of community-based healthcare and behavioral health services.  Saint Clare’s operates hospitals in Boonton Township, Denville, and Dover, and other facilities located throughout Morris and Sussex counties.

Saint Clare’s is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health organization with headquarters in Denver, Colorado. The faith-based system operates in 19 states and includes 73 hospitals; 40 long-term care, assisted- and residential-living facilities; two community health-services organizations; and home health agencies.

 

Saint Clare’s Health System Receives Award For Promoting Organ Donation – Officials from NJ Sharing Network recently presented Saint Clare’s Health System with its 25th Anniversary Circle of Life Award. The health care system, which serves northwestern New Jersey residents, received the award for its efforts to assist NJ Sharing Network with the recovery of organs and tissue for the nearly 5,000 New Jersey patients awaiting a life-saving or life-enhancing transplant. Pictured (left to right) at the award presentation are: John Longo, a dedicated NJ Sharing Network volunteer and donor family member, Debra Regen, chief nursing officer at Saint Clare’s Health System, Linda Alexander, RN, Emergency Department Nurse, Diane Hassa, RN, MSN, Clinical Nurse Educator, Linda Keller, RN, BSN, MS, Administrator, Saint Clare’s Health Center at Sussex, Kelly Weiland, hospital services manager at NJ Sharing Network, Joe Roth, NJ Sharing Network president and CEO, and Leslie D. Hirsch, Saint Clare’s Health System president and CEO. To learn more about organ and tissue donation, contact NJ Sharing Network at 1-800-742-7365 or visit www.NJSharingNetwork.org to register as an organ and tissue donor.

 
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