Surgical Organ Recovery Coordinator

Patrice and Candice Monroe

Patrice and Candice Monroe have more in common than just being sisters. They both are heart transplant recipients. LEARN MORE.

Lifebanc, a dynamic and growing nonprofit healthcare organization serves as the federally designated organ, eye and tissue recovery organization for Northeast Ohio. Lifebanc is one of the original seven independent organ procurement organizations in the United States. We serve nearly four million people and work with 80 hospitals within 20 counties. Our vision is pursuing a future when the decision to donate is an honor and everyone waiting receives a transplant. Our staff of dedicated professionals works tirelessly to facilitate organ, eye and tissue donation throughout our service area.

We have a challenging and exciting opportunity available for a Surgical Organ Recovery Coordinator.   Qualified candidates will be responsible for providing organ preservation services to provide safe transplantable organs while meeting AOPO and UNOS standards. 

Position Description

Are you a compassionate individual that enjoys meaningful work, being part of a team, working through challenges and making a positive difference in people’s lives? Join our exciting, professional and dynamic team whose mission is to save and heal lives!

Lifebanc is seeking an experienced individual to join our team. Ideal candidates will have Surgical Technician, Paramedic/EMT, or relevant healthcare experience. The Surgical Organ Recovery Coordinator is responsible for coordinating and facilitating the organ recovery process in the operating room setting. You will blend a high level of clinical and people skills to educate and work with surgical staff to facilitate organ donation. Success in this role requires a self-assured professional who has keen surgical skills, and the ability to be flexible and remain calm and effective in highly charged and clinically complex situations.

 Essential Functions

  • 24 hour shifts
  • Prepares for the organ recovery process in the operating room and provides medical/technical assistance to the donor surgeon during the removal of organs and tissues as first assist, obtaining biopsies and closing kidney biopsy sites.
  • Performs organ preservation during organ recovery/procurement and when applicable performs recovery of an organ(s) for research.
  • Performs machine pulsatile preservation of kidneys.
  • Accompanies recovery team(s) as needed to fly-out to locations across the US for organ recovery. Transports specimens and/or organs to transplant centers or hospitals.
  • Documents pertinent organ preservation information thoroughly and accurately.

The qualified candidate must have reliable transportation, a valid driver’s license and a safe driving record, current auto insurance, willing to fly in small aircraft, and the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people. We require 1-2 years’ experience in the clinical health care field (such as Paramedic, Surgical Technician or LPN) or relevant experience in organ preservation. Must be available during day/night hours, have flexibility to work an on-call schedule and work as a team player. 

Compensation and Benefits

We offer an excellent compensation and benefit package including healthcare, employer paid dental, short and long-term disability and life insurance. We also offer paid time off, retirement plan, on-site fitness facility, tuition reimbursement and more!

Send cover letter and resume to be considered for this amazing opportunity.

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