Whether it's bringing some cheer to a lonely patient or delivering flowers from loved ones, our volunteers have a great and lasting impact on our patients. Our volunteers range in age from 16 to seniors, but they all share a generosity of spirit and a dedication to giving. Volunteering is also an opportunity to be part of one of the top healthcare providers in the region.
We hope that you will join us and reap the rewards of satisfaction and pride through volunteering. By giving a minimum of six hours of your time per week, you can make a difference!
We may not want to think about what's going to happen to our bodies after we die, so it can be hard to consider donating your organs and tissue. But it's important to know that thousands of Americans die each year because there are not enough suitable donors. Being an organ or tissue donor is a generous, rewarding decision that can save many lives.
Become a tissue and organ donor
When you become an organ donor, you donate life. Consider these facts from the New York Organ Donor Network (NYODN):
- More than 120,000 people nationwide are on the national waiting list for a lifesaving organ transplant, including approximately 10,000 New Yorkers.
- Every 10 minutes, another person is added to the list.
- A single donor can save the lives of eight people through organ donation and improve the lives of up to 50 others with tissue donation.
Types of tissue and organ donors
- Organ donation—The donation of an organ from an individual who has been declared brain dead. The organs are transplanted into individuals based on need through a national waiting list.
- Tissue donation—The donation of tissue (bone, eyes, fascia, heart valves and vessels) from an individual who has suffered cardiac or brain death.
- Living donation—The donation of organs from a living donor to an individual with a matching blood and/or tissue type.
Consent for donation: An approval from the family of a organ or tissue donor to donate tissue and/or organs. Even if a patient has signed a donor card, the family still needs to consent.
Tissue and organ donation at Long Island Jewish Forest Hills
Long Island Jewish Forest Hills works with NYODN to facilitate tissue and organ transplants. Here are some ways that we’re helping improve donation rates in our region:
- We are a member of the Health Resource and Service Administration’s (HRSA) Organ Donation Breakthrough Collaborative.
- Through our Service Improvement Coordinating Group for Donation, representatives from all Northwell Health hospitals meet bimonthly to share best practices in organ and tissue donation.
- Long Island Jewish Forest Hills healthcare professionals have formed the Donor Council, a hospital-based group that is committed to donation initiatives. We provide ongoing education for physicians, nurses, ancillary hospital staff and the community about tissue and organ donation.