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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.

Donate Life national logo with text in a circle: Organ, eye and tissue donors save and heal lives.

How to Register to Be an Organ Donor in Louisiana

Donate Life national logo with text in a circle: Organ, eye and tissue donors save and heal lives.

Either at your local DMV or online, registering as an organ donor is easy.

When you sign up to be an organ donor, you can change lives for the better. Plus, it’s fast and easy. Here are all the ways you can do it if you live in Louisiana.

Online

  1. The Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency (LOPA) is federally mandated to manage Louisiana’s organ recovery and allocation program. The non-profit agency focuses on educating the medical community and the general public about organ and tissue donation issues, works with families through the donation process, recovers donated organs and tissue, and places the organs and tissue for transplant. You can join the Louisiana Donor Registry online through the LOPA website.
  2. Another place you can register online is through DMV.org (it’s also a treasure trove of general facts about organ donation, debunking donation myths, and local resources).
  3. The Donate Life Louisiana website also contains many resources and the Louisiana Donor Registry website.

In Person

You can register to become an organ donor in person at your local LA OMV office. Just let the person processing your application know that you want to register as an organ donor. This works both to applying for and renewing your driver’s license.

By Phone

No access to the computer or can’t travel to a DMV? No problem. You can call LOPA toll-free at 1-800-521-4483 to join the organ donor database for the state of Louisiana.

Taking It to the National Level

Not in LA or moving out of state soon? The national registry database Organize.org will let you update/change your organ donor status and carry your registration from state to state. If you are not in Louisiana (or soon won’t be), you can also register for organ donation here.

About Organ Donation in Louisiana

You can find a ton more information about organ donation in LA at the resources mentioned above, but here are a quick few facts:

  1. Your registration is legally binding. Per Louisiana’s Anatomical Gift Act, Louisiana is a first-person consent registry state, which means that your decision about donating is legally binding. That’s why it’s important to discuss your wishes with your family to ensure everyone is informed and on the same page.
  2. Parental consent may be needed. There are no age limitations on who can participate in the organ donation program in Louisiana, but parental consent is required for minors under 18.
  3. You or your family won’t pay any donation expenses. There are no fees for signing up to be an organ donor, and your family won’t be responsible for paying any medical costs related to your donation. The organ transplant program will pay all donation expenses.
  4. Some common misconceptions about organ donation:

Do you have any questions about organ donation? We’re happy to help! Contact us anytime at info@southerneyebank.org, or to learn more about how to sign up for organ donation and save lives.

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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.
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Kendra Scott Donates To Southern Eye Bank

Kendra Scott Donates To Southern Eye Bank on Purchases Made Nov. 18-19, 2021

Shopping for delicate, dynamic, and fine jewelry for birthdays, anniversaries, the holidays, or yourself? Consider shopping Kendra Scott Jewelry on November 18th or 19th, 2021.

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Images courtesy of https://www.instagram.com/kendrascott/

November is Eye Donation Month! Kendra Scott is generously donating 20% of your purchase amount to Southern Eye Bank when you use the code GIVEBACK-AGDKU at checkout on November 18th and 19th, 2021. OR shop in-store from 5-7pm on November 18th and mention the code to the salesperson.

Donations go to support non-profit Southern Eye Bank’s mission to preserve and restore sight. Your support is crucial to us as Southern Eye Bank is one of the dwindling numbers of non-profit eye banks. Thank you for all you do!

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.

 

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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.