Barnabas Health Hospitals Receive Gold Level Recognition In Federal Effort to Increase Organ and Tissue Donor Registry

West Orange, N.J. ( October 12, 2015) – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded all seven Barnabas Health hospitals Gold Level recognition for their efforts to increase enrollment in the New Jersey state donor registry and spread the life-saving message of organ and tissue donation.

Barnabas Health facilities that earned Gold recognition are:

  • Clara Maas Medical Center - Belleville, N.J.
  • Community Medical Center - Toms River, N.J.
  • Jersey City Medical Center - Jersey City, N.J.
  • Monmouth Medical Center - Long Branch, N.J.
  • Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus - Lakewood, N.J.
  • Newark Beth Israel Medical Center - Newark, N.J.
  • Saint Barnabas Medical Center - Livingston, N.J.

HHS’s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign mobilizes the nation’s hospitals to increase the number of people who are registered organ and tissue donors. Advocates at each Barnabas Health hospital worked with NJ Sharing Network and Donate Life New Jersey to create outreach and registry campaigns to educate staff, patients and the community.

“Barnabas Health is committed to educating the community about the importance of organ and tissue donation to help share the gift of life,” says John F. Bonamo, MD, MS, FACOG, FACPE, Chief Medical Officer for Barnabas Health. “Through our state-wide presence and commitment to this critical life-saving program, we’re proud that we’ve helped raise awareness and increase enrollment in the state donor registry.”

Barnabas Health’s seven facilities join the 45 hospitals in the NJ Sharing Network service area recognized by HRSA. Hospitals in the NJ Sharing Network service area received 39 gold, 5 silver, and 1 bronze recognition in Phase IV of HRSA’s hospital workplace campaign — the highest number of any Organ Procurement Organization (OPO) service area. NJ Sharing Network’s designated service area includes 14 counties in northern and central New Jersey.

“Barnabas Health and all our hospital partners are vital to our life-saving mission. With nearly 5,000 people in New Jersey in need of a transplant, the work that our hospital partners do to raise awareness of organ and tissue donation ultimately leads to more patients receiving transplants,” said Joe Roth, President and Chief Executive Officer of NJ Sharing Network.

In the coming weeks, NJ Sharing Network executives will present a certificate to all Barnabas Health hospitals on behalf of HRSA.

The campaign unites advocates at hospitals with representatives from their OPOs, Donate Life America affiliates, and state and regional hospital associations. The 736 hospitals and transplant centers recognized in the campaign earned points for each activity implemented from August 2014 through April of this year. The campaign resulted in 350,000 donor registrations.

In New Jersey, hospitals working in collaboration with NJ Sharing Network conducted awareness and registry campaigns to educate staff, patients, visitors and community members about the critical need for organ and tissue donors. They created displays at health fairs and blood drives, wrote articles for hospital publications, participated in Blue and Green Day activities as part of Donate Life Month and created teams for the NJ Sharing Network Annual 5K Celebration 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 region, with more than two million patient visits and delivery of more than 20,000 babies annually. The system includes seven acute care hospitals – Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, Community Medical Center in Toms River, Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston (four are teaching hospitals); two children’s hospitals, a freestanding 100-bed behavioral health center, a trauma center, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state’s largest behavioral health network, comprehensive home care and hospice programs, retail pharmacy services, a medical group, multi-site imaging centers and four accountable care organizations. As the second-largest private employer in New Jersey, Barnabas Health includes more than 21,000 employees, over 5,200 physicians, and 500 residents and interns. For more information, visit

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