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Chilton Hospital Awarded by NJ Sharing Network

Pictured (l to r) at the award presentation are: Chilton Hospital VP and Chief Nursing Officer Joanne Reich, RN; Executive Director for Nursing Karen Stutzer, RN, VP of Medical Affairs Richard Weinberg, MD; President and CEO Deborah Zastocki; NJ Sharing Network President and CEO Joe Roth; NJ Sharing Network Hospital Services Manager Kelly Weiland; and Mike Strusiak, a kidney/pancreas recipient and NJ Sharing Network volunteer.

NJ Sharing Network, the non-profit organization responsible for the recovery of organs and tissue for nearly 5,000 New Jersey residents awaiting life-saving transplants, recently presented Chilton Hospital with its Circle of Life Award.

The honor is awarded to New Jersey hospitals during NJ Sharing Networks 25th anniversary year who demonstrate a steadfast commitment to saving and enhancing lives through the miracle of organ and tissue donation and transplantation. 

Chilton Hospital received the prestigious award for its long-standing commitment to assist NJ Sharing Network with the recovery of organs and tissue after a patient has passed away. Organs recovered from one patient can save up to eight lives, while tissue, such as skin, bone, heart valves and corneas, can enhance the lives of up to 50 patients.

NJ Sharing Network officials, joined by one of their volunteers who received a life-saving kidney/pancreas transplant, thanked hospital leadership staff for their commitment to organ and tissue recovery and the gift of life it gives others.

“Organ donation and transplantation is a complex and rare medical procedure,” said Joseph Roth, president and chief executive officer of NJ Sharing Network. “Having a health care partner like Chilton Hospital that continuously demonstrates its 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. NJ Sharing Network is honored to have such a dedicated partner and presents our Circle of Life Award to Chilton Hospital as an expression of thanks for all it has done to support organ donation and transplantation.” 

Over the years, Chilton Hospital has worked closely with NJ Sharing Network to honor the decisions of individuals or their families to donate organs and tissue in a caring and compassionate manner, with an end result of a patient receiving a desperately needed transplant.

"We're honored to be recognized from NJ Sharing Network for our partnership and commitment to help save lives," said Chilton Hospital President and CEO Deborah K. Zastocki, DNP, RN. "I'd also like to express my sincere appreciation for the individuals in our community who have bravely given part of themselves to help others."

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.

To learn more about organ and tissue donation contact NJ Sharing Network at 1-800-742-7365 or visit to register as an organ and tissue donor.

Chilton Hospital is a fully accredited, 260-bed, acute-care, community hospital. It is a four-time recipient of the HealthGrades Specialty Excellence Award in Stroke, and Five-Star Rated for Stroke Care, the highest possible, for six years in a row. It is also Five-Star Rated for Joint Replacement and Total Knee Replacement for 2012. Chilton’s many services include minimally invasive and robot-assisted surgery, a state-of-the-art Emergency Department, a Pain Management center, the Sleep Health Institute, the Comprehensive Wound Healing/Hyperbaric Center, the Chilton Cancer Center, the MotherBaby Center, an American Diabetes Association-recognized diabetes education program and a weight loss surgery program. Chilton has recently embarked on a $24 million modernization project, which includes the Cardiovascular Interventional Lab, The Breast Center and the Total Joint Center. The hospital is located at 97 West Parkway in Pompton Plains, NJ 07444. For more information about Chilton's facilities and services, or to find a doctor by name, specialty, or location, please visit or call 1-888-CHILTON.

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