|Gathering at the “Donate Life” flag-raising ceremony at Monmouth Medical Center are, from left, hospital chaplain Tony Cinardo, donor mom Erin DeVivo, Sharing Network representatives Oscar Colon and Amanda Abramo, heart transplant recipient, Kevin Quinn, Frank J. Vozos, M.D., FACS, President and Chief Executive Officer of Monmouth Medical Center and Maureen Bowe, R.N., M.S.N., Clinical Director of Critical Care.
WEST ORANGE, NJ, April 12, 2013 – Seven Barnabas Health facilities across the state simultaneously raised the Donate Life flag today at 10 am to pay tribute to organ and tissue donors and to raise awareness of the life-saving and life-restoring value of organ and tissue donation.
Donor families, organ recipients, community leaders and health care professionals gathered with team members of NJ Sharing Network in the series of heartfelt ceremonies, which marked April as Donate Life Month.
“Barnabas Health is extremely proud to participate in Donate Life Month at each of our facilities to raise awareness of the importance of organ donation and to honor our donors, recipients and their families,” said Barry Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer of Barnabas Health. “These donor families responded to personal tragedy with life-saving generosity.”
Barnabas Health facilities: Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston; Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville; Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark; Community Medical Center, Toms River; Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center, Livingston; Kimball Medical Center, Lakewood.
At each facility, dozens gathered to raise awareness. They heard from organ recipients able to live fully again because of a transplant. They also heard from donor families who said the decision to donate organs that saved others provided a measure of solace and comfort. Local officials also attended several of the events.
Joe Roth, President & CEO, NJ Sharing Network, thanked health care professionals throughout the Barnabas Health system for their hard work and dedication to organ and tissue donation.
“Without our hospital partners, without our donor families and without the commitment of so many people we do not exist,” Roth said. “We are able to continue with our life-saving and life-restoring work because so many people — many of them gathered today throughout Barnabas Health — believe and support our mission.”
Nearly 5,000 people currently are awaiting life-saving organs in New Jersey. In 2012, over 370 heart, lung, kidney and pancreas transplant surgeries were performed at Barnabas Health facilities, Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark.
Anyone, regardless of age or medical history, can sign up to be a donor. In-person organ donor registration is available at local Motor Vehicle Commission agencies. Visit www.NJSharingNetwork.org to register online.
To learn more about organ and tissue donation or to get involved with NJ Sharing Network call 1-800-742-7365 or visitwww.NJSharingNetwork.org to register as an organ and tissue donor. For further information about the Barnabas Health Transplant Programs, please visit
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 partners with Donate Life America, a not-for-profit national alliance that drives communities to increase their numbers of registered donors. NJ Sharing Network honors those who gave, pays tribute to those who received, offers hope to those who continue to wait, and remembers the lives lost while waiting...for the gift of life.
About Barnabas Health
Barnabas Health is the largest not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system in New Jersey and one of the largest in the nation, annually caring for more than two million patient visits and delivering more than 18,000 babies. The system includes six acute care hospitals, two children’s hospitals, a free- standing behavioral health center, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state’s largest behavioral health network and comprehensive homecare and hospice programs. Among nationally recognized services are burn treatment; adult and pediatric cardiac surgery; heart, lung, kidney and pancreas transplant; neurology and neurosurgery; reproductive medicine and science; geriatrics; oncology; pediatrics; and women’s services. Barnabas Health includes 18,500 employees, (second largest private employer in NJ); 4,600 physicians (one-fifth of the actively practicing physicians in NJ); and 445 residents and interns.
April 26, 2013