(New Providence, NJ) – NJ Sharing Network, the non-profit, federally designated organ procurement organization responsible for the recovery of organs and tissue in the state, is proud to announce it has been named as one of Best Places to Work in New Jersey 2021 by leading business publication, NJBIZ, for the fourth consecutive year.
NJ Sharing Network was recognized in the “Medium Companies” category (50 to 249 employees) alongside other prominent organizations across varied industries.
NJ Sharing Network earned the Best Places to Work in New Jersey 2021 distinction as a result of a comprehensive employee survey that asked what makes the company an ideal workplace, including questions about connection to the organization’s mission, culture and wellness programs. NJBIZ collected the data confidentially to allow employees to share candid feedback. NJ Sharing Network and other winners were honored at an awards ceremony on September 9, 2021. The alphabetical list of NJBIZ Best Places to Work 2021 can be found online at https://njbiz.com/new-jerseys-best-places-to-work-2021/.
“It is an honor to be recognized, once again, on the “Best Places to Work in New Jersey” list by NJBIZ, especially because our courageous clinical team members have faced unprecedented challenges during the pandemic in putting their own lives at risk on the frontlines of care to support our life-saving mission and provide comfort and support to donor families,” said Joseph S. Roth, President and CEO of NJ Sharing Network. “This work can be extremely challenging, so every day we work together as a tightly-knit team to save and enhance lives. With that comes mutual respect, camaraderie and personal and professional rewards.”
A resident of North Brunswick, NJ, Oscar V. Colon, RN BSN CPTC, Manager of Recovery and Research, has been a team member at NJ Sharing Network for 30 years. Colon oversees all aspects of organ and tissue recovery to ensure that a donor’s wish or a family’s authorization for giving the gift of life is fulfilled. He has helped save and enhance countless lives in our communities and spearheads multicultural initiatives both locally and nationally. Like many others team members, he views working at NJ Sharing Network to be much more than just a job. “I consider this a mission in life,” said Colon. “It is the greatest satisfaction for me to be the beacon of hope for families and to guide them during their darkest hours.”
A resident of Edison, NJ, Donna King, Senior Laboratory Supervisor, joined NJ Sharing Network shortly after the organization was formed in 1987. King oversees the life-saving work of NJ Sharing Network’s state-of-the-art Transplant Laboratory, primarily handling compatibility testing that matches organ donors and transplant recipients. King works with a team of technologists to piece together patient background, medical history and other relevant reports. “Over the years, organ and tissue donation research has advanced immensely. Transplants that would never have been feasible 30 plus years ago are happening all the time,” said King. “Even after all this time, my job feels rewarding each and every day knowing I make a difference in someone’s life.”
A resident of Woodland Park, NJ, Tess Lewis, Senior Specialist in the Transplant Laboratory, joined NJ Sharing Network 30 years ago. At that time, she worked with a very small team of just a few technologists. Today, she is proud to work alongside more than 30 professionals in the Transplant Laboratory. Although most of her work takes place within the Laboratory, Lewis feels connected to the transplant patients, especially the ones who are more challenging to match. She remembers the excitement she felt when a heart transplant patient who was particularly difficult to match finally received a transplant. “Thanks to scientific advancements, we are now able to match patients we thought would not be possible,” said Lewis. Occasionally, Lewis has the opportunity to meet a transplant recipient or donor family to whom she feels connected. “It’s extremely gratifying to know your work played a role in their remarkable story,” said Lewis.
For career opportunities at NJ Sharing Network, or to register as an organ and tissue donor, visit www.NJSharingNetwork.org.
About NJ Sharing Network
NJ Sharing Network is the federally designated non-profit organization responsible for recovering organs and tissue for the nearly 4,000 New Jersey residents currently waiting for a life-saving transplant. With headquarters in New Providence, NJ, the organization is part of the national recovery system, serving the 110,000 people on the national waiting list. NJ Sharing Network was selected by NJBIZ as one of the state’s “Best Places to Work” for the fourth consecutive year. To learn more, get involved and register as an organ and tissue donor, visit www.NJSharingNetwork.org.