April 16, 2014 at 12:05 AM
New Jersey’s Generosity Leads to 14 Percent Growth in Number of Donated Organs in 2013
NJ Sharing Network Marks National Healthcare Decisions Day by Celebrating Growth that Is Quadruple the National Average
April 16th marks National Healthcare Decisions Day, an initiative to provide clear information on healthcare decision-making to the public and health care providers.
NJ Sharing Network utilizes the day to help demystify healthcare decision-making. Advance healthcare decision-making involves much more than discussing living wills; the process should also focus on the life-saving importance of organ and tissue donation. NJ Sharing Network works tirelessly to spread the important message of the need for organ and tissue donors year-round. The organization coordinated the recovery and placement of 433 donated organs in 2013, up from 378 organs in 2012, and resulted in 55 more lives saved.
Nearly 5,000 people are waiting for a life-saving organ in the state.
“There is a common misconception that there are plenty of organs available for those who may require them,” said Joseph Roth, president & CEO of NJ Sharing Network. “But the fact is only one-tenth of 1 percent of available organs are deemed medically suitable for transplant. That is why it is so critically important for more New Jerseyans to take that generous step to register as organ and tissue donors.”
Roth stressed the importance of informing loved ones of your end-of-life wishes, and including your desire to become an organ and tissue donor in that conversation. He also notes that individuals can document their wishes to donate by registering as an organ and tissue donor at a local motor vehicle agency or online at www.NJSharingNetwork.org.
“Events, such as the 7th annual National Healthcare Decisions Day today, serve as a reminder, as well as inspire and educate the public about the importance of advance health care planning and how it can ultimately save lives. It is the perfect time to sit with family and begin the conversation ,” Roth added.
To learn more, get involved and register as an organ and tissue donor, visit www.NJSharingNetwork.org or call (800) 742-7365.