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Now Hiring: Referral Coordinator

Position Description

In this role, you will be responsible for coordinating the donation of ocular tissue through comprehensive medical screenings, discussing donation options with potential donor families, and managing tissue recovery logistics with various organizations.

In this role, you will:

  • Assess donation potential by critically reviewing the patient’s clinical course and health history; this is done through the use of working directly with hospital nurses and physicians in a professional, efficient, and precise manner.
  • Conduct sensitive, informational discussions with potential donor families regarding tissue donation options for their loved ones.
  • Advocate for donation while communicating with partner organizations and donor families.
  • Coordinate logistics for all Donor Operations activity including creatively addressing barriers & navigating complex timelines.
  • Work with other employees to increase efficiency in the workplace.
  • Continually monitor research requests to meet distribution needs for research tissue.
  • Complete continuous training requirements to maintain proficiency and improve performance in a rapidly changing work environment.
  • Design and execute on projects as needed. Actively participate in other projects and duties as assigned.
  • Ensure all applicable FDA, EBAA, and state regulatory policies are followed.
  • Ability to assist in daily/nightly laboratory responsibilities.

Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Required Skills/Knowledge/Abilities

  • High-level oral and written communication skills and interacts effectively with all Eye Bank staff
  • Effectively communicate and collaborate with peers while developing a positive work environment
  • Ambitiously improves self and has the ability to facilitate self-directed learning
  • Experience with computer data bases and data entry
  • Able to interpret and follow written direction
  • Ability to work long hours, nights, weekends and holidays. At times may be asked to fill in various open shifts that could also include days.
  • Position is 12 hour shift work over night (6 PM-6 AM)
  • Location of the position is Metairie, LA

Education and/or Equivalent Experience

  • High School or equivalent.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field preferred.
  • Relevant educational or work experience preferred.

Job Type: Full-Time
Pay: $15.00-$18.00/hour

To apply for this position, please email your cover letter and resume to jbabineaux@southerneyebank.org

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Employee Spotlight: Neely Burns

Say hello to Neely Burns…

Neely Burns employee spotlightWhat is your job title?
I am a recovery technician.

How long have you worked for SEB?
I have worked at SEB for a year as of yesterday!

How does your work help donation?
I help with donation by procuring the eye tissue of generous donors with the upmost care to be used for transplant and research.

Why is your work important to you?
My work is important to me because every time I go in, I know I will be impacting the lives of at least two families and hope that I further both of their journeys to healing.

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Donor Stories: Two Daughters and a Husband

The following is a letter Southern Eye Bank received from a donor family:


Greetings,

Our family would like to acknowledge Southern Eye Bank for its honorable efforts in restoring eyesight throughout the state of Louisiana. We thank you for your outreach confirming transplantation of our loving mother’s/wife’s eyes and are reaching back out regarding this donation that she was the donor of. We pray all is well with the recipient, and are thrilled to know that our beloved donor was able to give the gift of sight to someone after she passed away.

Our mother/wife was such a kind and compassionate woman, always extending love and grace to others, and gifted our family with many blessings throughout her life. We are deeply grateful to know her gifts are still reaching others, allowing someone to see and enjoy the world.

It is because of her love for others that she was able to so freely and selflessly make a donation that could so positively impact another’s life. We would love the opportunity to be able to meet the person who received this blessing. The idea that a part of her lives on brings us such comfort – and we are hopeful of the chance to get to express our joy of that in-person.

We thank you for being open to our request, and please know that we respect the wishes of the recipient regarding an interest in meeting. We send well wishes for continued blessings to our mother’s recipient and that a rich life continues on in her name.

Respectfully,
Two Daughters and a Husband

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Position Filled: Day Shift Recovery Technician

Thank you for your interest, but the position has been filled.


Position Description

The Day Shift Recovery Technician is responsible for the recovery of corneas and whole globes for transplant and research.

In addition, the recovery technician will be in charge of laboratory maintenance.

Responsibilities

  • Recovery of ocular tissue from donors along with donor medical chart review
  • Ability and willingness to learn FDA and EBAA guidance’s, regulations and contraindications
  • Maintenance of laboratory cleanliness, equipment, donor recovery supplies and inventory
  • Any other duties assigned by the Technical Director and/or Laboratory Coordinator

Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge, skills, and abilities have been acquired.
  • A minimum of one year (1) in medical or surgical field
  • Strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • Attention to detail and surgical precision (dexterity is a must).
  • Ability to professionally interface with peers, funeral homes, coroners and hospital personnel on assignments.
  • Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office is required
  • Ability to quickly learn and master new databases and systems

Additional Details

  • This is a Day Shift Position – the candidate will work seven (7) 12 hour (6AM-6PM) shifts Bi-Weekly
  • Must own a vehicle with valid auto insurance and have a driver’s license
  • Ability to travel through service region as required
  • Flexibility to work weekends, nights and holidays to cover on-call shifts as needed
  • Long periods of standing or sitting
  • Ability to lift and move more than 50 pounds

To apply for this position, please email your cover letter and resume to jbabineaux@southerneyebank.org

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Eye Donation Month 2021

state of louisiana eye donation month proclamation november 2021November 2021 is officially Eye Donation Month in the State of Louisiana, by proclamation of Governor John Bel Edwards! Click here to view the official proclamation.


 

eye donation month november 2021Due to COVID-19, many of our community events for 2021 have been redesigned as virtual events. Please join us as we continue to honor those who have shared the Gift of Sight.


 

EBAA Run for Vision 2021

  • November 1 – 30
  • Join ophthalmologists, eye bankers, corneal transplant recipients, and donor family members to support EBAA’s mission to restore sight through cornea donation and transplantation. Sponsored by Bausch + Lomb, EBAA is once again hosting their annual Run for Vision virtually from your home any time in November.
  • Visit the EBAA Run for Vision site for more details, and click here to join the Southern Eye Bank race team! Our team will compete individually throughout the month of November. Send us your race photos to be featured on SEB’s social media!

Kendra Scott + Southern Eye Bank Fundraiser

  • November 18th • 5-7pm (In-Store)
    November 18th & 19th (Online)
  • In celebration of November as Eye Donation Month, Southern Eye Bank will receive 20% of all Kendra Scott in-store sales on November 18th from 5pm to 7pm. A virtual event will run for 48 hours on November 18th and 19th.
  • This is a perfect time to buy that favorite piece of jewelry, purchase holiday gifts, and fund the education programs that help our community understand the need for cornea donation.
Thank You Doctors Nurses

Healthcare Gratitude Campaign

Thank You Doctors Nurses

To all healthcare workers:

Please accept our heartfelt thanks for all you are doing during this trying time. Your compassion and dedication are changing the world.

 

As Louisiana is still facing the many challenges of COVID, we know that our dedicated doctors, nurses, and hospital staff are working tirelessly on the front lines. Southern Eye Bank will be delivering goody bags and notes to support local medical workers, and we’d like your help! Please take a moment to submit a message of thanks to the hospitals and staff who tackle incredible tasks each and every day, especially during this pandemic. We’ll share these messages on Facebook and Instagram in hopes to uplift our amazing healthcare heroes!


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Employee Spotlight: Adam Liemer

Say hello to Adam Liemer…

Adam Leimer employee spotlightWhat is your job title?
Technical Director

How long have you worked for SEB?
10 years

How does your work help donation?
I help facilitate donation by preparing and managing a great team that handles everything from the recovery of the gift, laboratory evaluation for the safety of our recipients, and all of the way until we provide the gift for the surgeon to transplant.

Why is your work important to you?
The work we do is important to me for both professional and personal reasons. To see the great effect that this can have for people to regain or improve their sight and also to see the comfort it provides our donor families to know their loved ones are still living on through other people are the most satisfying aspects of what our team does at Southern Eye Bank. On a personal level, before my grandma passed away, she began to lose her vision. The only thing my grandma loved to do in her spare time was read, and I have never stopped thinking about how much a corneal transplant could have helped her. She was the most selfless person I have ever known, and I truly want to be able to help give that to our recipients, as I know how much it would have meant to her.

 

Deloy Rester

Employee Spotlight: Deloy Rester

Say hello to Deloy Rester…

Deloy ResterWhat is your job title?
Referral Coordinator

How long have you worked for SEB?
I have worked here for 5 and a half years.

How does your work help donation?
I screen to determine suitability then approach the families for authorization to perform the recoveries.

Why is your work important to you?
As a referral coordinator, I find it rewarding to be allowed to facilitate the final wish of a donor and their family in giving the Miracle of Sight to a recipient in need.

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Virtual Candlelight Ceremony

Every year during the holiday season, many of our partner hospitals host a candle lighting service for donor families and recipients to honor their heroes. This year for the safety of our community, we will honor the memory of our donors virtually instead.

Submissions for this year’s ceremony have closed, and a huge thanks goes out to everyone who participated. We are beyond moved by the number of submissions we received. The memories and legacies these hero donors left behind persevere in our hearts and minds and in the lives of those they gifted with sight.

Virtual Candlelight Ceremony honoring eye tissue donor heroes

The candles may also be viewed individually on our Instagram feed.

If you have a message or story to submit, please use our donor story submission form to be featured on our website.