St. Joseph's Gets Circle of Life Award

January 22, 2013 at 1:25 PM


PATERSON, NJ - The St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center Critical Care Team accepted the Circle of Life Award from the NJ Sharing Network for recognition of steadfast commitment to saving and enhancing lives through the miracle of organ and tissue donation and transplantation.

“It was a great honor to be presented with the NJ Sharing Network Circle of Life Award for the partnership we have with NJ Sharing Network in our efforts to save lives and give hope,” said Mourad Ismail, MD, St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC), who accepted the award on behalf of Alan Sori, MD and the Critical Care Team at SJRMC. “The Sharing Network works closely with physicians at St. Joseph’s to ensure the highest of care, respect and diligence occurs in dealing with potential organ donors. They provide purpose for what can be a very grievous time for all involved.”

Sign Up for E-News

The NJ Sharing Network, is a non-profit organization responsible for the recovery of organs and tissue for nearly 5,000 New Jersey residents awaiting life-saving transplants. During its 25th anniversary year the NJ Sharing Network is presenting awards to hospitals that show dedication to assisting with recovery of organs and tissue after a patient has passed away. Tissue recovered from one patient, such as skin, bone, heart valves and corneas, can enhance the lives of up to 50 patients.

There to share his story about the impact of organ donation at St. Joseph’s was Daniel Sarnowski, partner of Betsy Niles, resident of Montclair, who passed away in March 2011. “It was the darkest day of my life when I lost my beloved Betsy,” said Sarnowski, as he placed a photo of her by his side to tell her story.

Niles was involved in a motor-vehicle accident when she was hit at the Upper Montclair Train Station in a low-impact collision, which proved fatally damaging to Niles’ brain. While the accident shortened Niles’ life, Sarnowski was determined to become involved in the cause for organ donation in her absence. Sarnowski now volunteers with the NJ Sharing Network to speak about the family’s decision to donate Niles’ organs to improve the lives of others.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 1 organ donor alone can save up to 8 lives. Currently in the United States an estimated 116,732 people are waiting for an organ transplant.

“This is probably the most satisfying charity work I have ever done,” said Sarnowski. “This is an organization where I can see a direct benefit.” This award in particular resonates strongly with Sarnowski as no more than 18 months earlier he accompanied Niles to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center for treatment following her accident. Sarnowski passed out personalized thank you cards to St. Joseph’s Healthcare System employees and graciously thanked the group of assembled physicians and medical staff for their support to organ donation initiatives and recognized them for their involvement in Niles’ case.

“Having hospital partners like St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center that continuously demonstrate their 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,” said Joseph Roth president and chief executive officer of NJ Sharing Network. “It is an honor to have such dedicated partners and we present our Circle of Life Award to these institutions as an expression of thanks for all they have done to support organ donation and transplantation.” 

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.

“It is a wonderful thing, and it is very much something that a donor family member appreciates afterwards,” concluded Sarnowski to a room full of applause.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News


Upcoming Events

Sat, October 22, 9:00 AM

College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown

Open House and Fall Fest



Sun, October 23, 3:00 PM

River Dell High School Auditorium, Oradell

Adelphi Orchestra - Slavic Celebration: Young ...

Arts & Entertainment

Tue, November 15, 3:00 PM

Governor Paterson Towers I, Paterson

Free Diabetes Program in Spanish (El Programa de ...

Education Health & Wellness

Going Toe to Toe

There are a lot of body parts I’m not particularly happy with (you thighs know who you are), but the one part of me I’ve never been bothered by is my feet. Not to be conceited, but I’ve always thought I had pretty nice feet, as far as feet go. They are not too fat or too thin, my arches are not too high or too low, and my toes all line up nicely in descending order. I ...

Woodland Park Residents Will Vote to Reopen School 1, As Crowding At Memorial Becomes An Issue

October 18, 2016

LITTLE FALLS, NJ – On November 8, Woodland Park residents will have the opportunity to vote for the school district’s bond referendum to reopen School No. 1, located on McBride Avenue.

The school district is in favor of reopening School No. 1 to address overcrowding at Memorial Middle School. There are currently classes being taught in the cafeteria and the library due to the ...

Impact 100 Garden State Announces Seven Finalists; Welcomes Wendy Steele as Keynoter

October 18, 2016

When Impact 100 Garden State arrived in New Jersey in 2012, it offered women an innovative way to transform the act of charitable giving.  The effort was local, but the founders’ inspiration came from Wendy Steele who created the Impact 100 concept in Cincinnati 2001. Her idea was straightforward: first recruit 100 women who would donate $1,000 each, then pool the money to fund a local ...