NJ Sharing Network’s Helen LaCarrubba Shares Six Things You Should Know About Her!

After Helen LaCarrubba graduated from Farleigh Dickinson University with a degree in medical technology, she saw a job posting at the NJ Sharing Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives through organ and tissue donation, for someone with blood bank experience. 
The Wayne resident has worked there for the past 21 years. Today, she is a molecular specialist who uses the latest DNA testing technology to facilitate donor-recipient matches.

Read the six things you should know about Helen on North Jersey.com!

NJ Sharing Network Recognized As One Of New Jersey’s “Best Places To Work”

NJ Sharing Network, the non-profit, federally designated organ procurement organization responsible for the recovery of organs and tissue in the state, today announced they are among the top 25 Best Places to Work in New Jersey selected by NJBIZ. The Best Places to Work in New Jersey awards program recognizes and honors the state’s top employers who show a dedication to their employees’ professional growth and quality of life.

A range of positives including employee benefits, work-life balance, salary and culture are just a few ways 2018’s Best Places to Work in New Jersey honorees have set themselves apart. Best Places to Work companies are determined through the completion of a Best Places to Work questionnaire as well as an employee survey from Best Companies Group, sister company of NJBIZ. NJ Sharing Network was among 100 small, medium and large-sized companies who were recognized.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in New Jersey. Our staff, volunteers, and most importantly, the donor families and transplant recipients who visit us and share their stories, make our headquarters feel like home,” said Joe Roth, President and CEO of NJ Sharing Network. “As an organ procurement organization, the responsibilities can be emotionally and physically taxing. Our staff, inspired by our mission, always rises to the occasion and we do everything we can to ensure their well-being.”

Christy Sambolin, RN CPTC, Manager of Clinical Donation Services at NJ Sharing Network affirmed this recognition. “I have been working at NJ Sharing Network for 11 years and I can’t imagine being anywhere else,” she said. “I am so proud to be a part of our mission and to know that the work we do is saving lives and helping families heal.”

In 2017, more New Jersey residents gave the gift of live than ever before, resulting in over 550 lives saved. There are currently nearly 4,000 New Jersey residents awaiting a life-saving transplant. Every day, approximately three people are added to the New Jersey waiting list and last year nearly 100 people died while waiting for a transplant. One organ donor can save eight lives and one tissue donor can restore health to over 75 people.

About NJ Sharing Network

NJ Sharing Network saves lives through organ and tissue donation. Located in New Providence, NJ, the organization recovers organs and tissue and belongs to a national network that helps the 115,000 people waiting for a transplant. New Jersey residents can help save lives by registering as organ and tissue donors at www.NJSharingNetwork.org, having a conversation with family and friends and joining NJ Sharing Network at its upcoming events.

Alzheimer’s New Jersey® Partners with NJ State Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)

Nonprofit Organization Helps New Jersey Police Understand the Disease

Alzheimer’s New Jersey®, formerly known as the Alzheimer’s Association Greater New Jersey Chapter, has partnered with the New Jersey Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training program to help raise awareness among law enforcement officers about the impact of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in our state and to assist police officers in responding safely and effectively to those with Alzheimer’s disease who they may encounter as part of their community policing responsibilities.

New Jersey CIT is a county based collaboration of law enforcement, mental health and other healthcare professionals committed to serving the needs of community members experiencing mental health crises or addiction; those with cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, or those with developmental or intellectual disabilities; as well as their family members.  Alzheimer’s New Jersey presents a portion of the 40-hour CIT training providing law enforcement officers with a comprehensive understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, including effective communication techniques, strategies for responding to specific situations that officers may encounter and the availability of community resources.

“Alzheimer’s disease is a huge public health issue in New Jersey with over 500,000 residents who have the disease or are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or other dementias,”  said Ken Zaentz, President and CEO of Alzheimer’s New Jersey.   “We are proud to have this opportunity to be part of the New Jersey Crisis Intervention Team training program and, most importantly, want to acknowledge the CIT program and the many officers who have graduated, for recognizing the impact of Alzheimer’s disease in our state and for the commitment to take action in law enforcement situations that account for the unique needs of this vulnerable population; which come about due to changes in memory, cognition and behavior.”

According to Retired Chief of Police, Edward C. Dobleman, New Jersey State Director of the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT-NJ), the CIT program gives police officers and other professionals the knowledge and tools they need when responding to someone with cognitive issues, such as Alzheimer’s disease.  They strive to do that in a manner that avoids or minimizes any arrests, injuries or other dangerous situations.

“We are grateful to Alzheimer’s New Jersey for becoming involved in our training program and helping our police officers and other mental health professionals learn about the disease and practical ways to respond,” said Dobleman.  “As law enforcement officers we are dedicated to helping the people we serve and the best way to do that is to understand their situation and what they are going through.”

For further information, visit: www.alznj.org or call 973-586-4300.