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Trinitas, NJ Sharing Network make case for organ/tissue donations

Debbie Durand, RN, Clinical Coordinator of the Intensive Care Unit at Trinitas Regional Medical Center (left), and Jackie Lue Raia, Assistant Director of Resource Development at the NJ Sharing Network based in New Providence (middle), were guests of Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage on his weekly cable show, "Our City." The interview was tied in with the observance of Donate Life Month in April. The guests gave viewers an overview of the joint activities of Trinitas and the NJ Sharing Network in promoting organ and tissue donation and advocating for those who are on organ transplant lists.

Ms. Lue Raia, whose mother was an organ donor, stressed the importance of family conversations about organ and tissue donations as life-saving/life enhancing gifts. She explained that nearly 5,000 New Jersey residents are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. She emphasized that identifying yourself as an organ donor is as easy as registering with the Division of Motor Vehicles when you apply for or renewal of a New Jersey driver’s license or a state ID. Ms. Durand presented 2014 data on the success rate of tissue donations at Trinitas which resulted in 13 lives saved and 1,076 tissue donations given as life-enhancing gifts.

Those interested in learning more about organ/tissue donations can contact the NJ Sharing Network at 908-516–5400 or visit


About Trinitas Regional Medical Center
Trinitas Regional Medical Center (TRMC), a major center for comprehensive health services for those who live and work in Central New Jersey, is a Catholic teaching medical center sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth in partnership with Elizabethtown Healthcare Foundation. With 10 Centers of Excellence across the continuum of care, Trinitas has distinguished itself in cardiology, cancer care, behavioral health, renal care, nursing education, diabetes management, wound healing and sleep medicine.

Posted: April 24, 2015

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