Tissue Recovery Coordinator

Fresno, CA
Tissue Recovery Operations /
Full Time Non-Exempt /
Donor Network West’s mission is to save and heal lives through organ and tissue donation for transplantation and research.
At Donor Network West, we're looking for people who embody our core values: passion, excellence, equity and inclusion, and relationships. We welcome diverse perspectives and foster an environment of collaboration and service.


The Tissue Recovery Coordinator responds to tissue recovery cases and provides technical support for all aspects of tissue recovery for transplant and research. The Tissue Recovery Coordinator is responsible for the intraoperative leadership of the recovery team and communication to a team of other medical professional, including hospital personnel, funeral home staff and coroner or medical examiner professionals. To this audience they are the operative expert for the tissue recovery process. The Tissue Recovery Coordinator performs other clinical support related responsibilities during their scheduled shift on an as needed basis.


    • Performs recovery of tissue(s) for transplant and/or research in accordance with DNW standard operating procedures.
    • Follows, interprets, and implements all applicable standard operating procedures, regulations, and policies to ensure compliance.
    • Oversees tissue recovery process to ensure safety and compliance with all applicable standard operating procedures, regulations, and policies.
    • Attains and maintains competency in the recovery of tissues from transplant, including musculoskeletal, skin, cornea, cardiovascular, and other specialized tissues, through onsite competency assessments and/or competency testing as well as additional training provided.
    • Performs/supervises the collection, packaging, and shipment of tissue.
    • Performs clerical administrative functions in order to provide correct, complete documentation and ensure tissue safety and staff competency.
    • Serves as a representative of Donor Network West.  Displays respect for the donor and donor family at all times and maintains donor confidentiality.  Communicates clearly to other agencies and departments.
    • Performs quality control practices as defined by policy and procedures.
    • Attends departmental meetings and completes required training and readings to ensure compliance and keep abreast of field.
    • Actively seeks information pertinent to current donation and transplantation issues.
    • Participates in continuous quality improvement as identified by the staff/departments/management.
    • May function as a surgical first assistant to transplant surgery personnel on organ donor recoveries.
    • May function as a surgical scrub for organ recovery cases.
    • Maintains confidentiality of donor information in accordance with Donor Network West policies.
    • Completes all tissue recovery cases started; works past scheduled shift times without relief when required.
    • Travel by personal auto, charter or commercial aircraft is required.
    • Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license with an insurable driving record.
    • Regularly attends and actively participates in recovery staff meetings and other DNW activities.
    • Performs other duties as assigned.

Tissue Recovery Team Lead

    • Reviews donor authorization, medical and social history questionnaire, relevant medical records, plasmadilution and any information obtained during the screening process, and facilitates the recovery of all suitable tissues on each authorized tissue donor.
    • Performs and documents recovery site assessment and donor physical assessment, verifies and documents all critical supplies used during clinical events, accurately completes and submits required documentation for all clinical activity, and completes documentation corrections in the requested time frame.
    • Communicates with and provides excellent customer service to other DNW staff, hospital staff, coroner/ME and funeral home personnel to ensure proper coordination and completion of clinical events, and suggests facility profile updates as appropriate.
    • Recognizes and addresses discrepancies and information relevant to Donor Network West processor criteria within all available records.
    • Ensures verification of the packaging and labeling while coordinating the shipping of ocular/blood specimens/tissue to be sent for the coroner/ME, testing agency or processor.
    • Participates in the orientation of new Recovery Coordinators. Demonstrates mastery of the role by precepting new team members.


    • Associates degree in life science/allied health/healthcare/mortuary science, completion of a surgical technology program, or completion of an emergency medical services program. 2 years of work experience in a related field may be substituted for educational requirement.
    • Hospital/clinical experience, Tissue recovery experience or previous experience with sterile technique and surgical procedures preferred.
    • Certified Tissue Banking Specialist, Certified Eye Banking Specialist or Certified Surgical Technologist preferred.
    • Must have ability to travel within the Donor Network West service area by car. Must maintain a valid driver’s license and current vehicle insurance based on applicable state minimum insurance coverage standards.
$25.20 - $28 an hour
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