Tissue Recovery Coordinator, EW
Job Details
Full Time

At LifeCenter Northwest, we work together to save lives through the recovery of organs and tissues for transplant. Each and every individual within our organization is a vital and valued member of the team. Serving the largest area in the country, LifeCenter Northwest cares for organ and tissue donors in Alaska, Montana, North Idaho and Washington. To those who embrace our commitment to compassion, collaboration, integrity, and courageous leadership, we offer the opportunity to learn and grow as part of the LifeCenter Northwest team. Come join us!

Each tissue donor can help more than 50 recipients; a gift that is skillfully recovered by the Tissue Recovery Coordinator. With capable hands and care for the patient, the Tissue Recovery Coordinator manages all aspects of aseptic recovery of musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and vascular tissue.

General Responsibilities:

  • Aseptically recovers musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and vascular tissues from deceased donors in accordance with current Good Tissue Practices (GTP), Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), quality control practices, clean room protocols, FDA regulations and American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) standards.
  • Independently and efficiently recovers primary tissues and cardiovascular grafts with few errors
  • Able to independently pack supplies for cases utilizing knowledge of processor criteria and age ranges
  • Ability to perform physical assessment, blood draw and preparation of donor for recovery
  • Utilizes sterile technique to efficiently run back table, including packaging, labeling, culturing grafts and draping for recovery
  • Able to input case data into iTransplant
  • Works effectively with hospital OR staff to maintain good hospital relations and a cooperative work environment.
  • Provides timely documentation that revised or new SOPs have been read and understood, reviews all relevant SOPs annually, and participates in required annual training and competency testing.
  • Follows SOPs as written, except when authorized in writing to do otherwise.
  • Participates in continuing education or other training opportunities (on-site or remotely) as determined by the Director, Tissue Donation Services.
  • Performs special projects consistent with the responsibilities required for position.


  • High School diploma, GED or equivalent required.
  • Bachelors Degree in health sciences is preferred.
  • Training as a Surgical Technologist is preferred.
  • Previous training in tissue recovery or similar clinical experience is desirable.
  • Knowledge of anatomy and aseptic technique necessary.
  • Surgical experience preferred.

Key Requirements

  • The individual must commit to and provide 18-22 available call shifts per 6 week on call schedule.
  • Requires a valid drivers license and access to an insured automobile or the ability to arrive and depart from work and work related functions at expected times.
  • Requires access to a computer or other device with internet capability in order to access LifeCenter Northwest e-mail account and intranet portal.
  • Requires personal cell phone for immediate access during scheduled on call shifts.
  • Travel is essential to this position; consequently, the employee must be prepared to travel by automobile and airplane and be available to mobilize within 2 hours of case notification.
  • Work is normally performed in an office or hospital setting as well as other business environments. Generally, working conditions have exposure to bio-hazardous materials.


Based on considerations of various state requirements within our service area, Organ Procurement Organization industry practices, our hospital and community partner requirements, and our commitment to the safety of our people and communities, LifeCenter Northwest has made the decision to require members of our workforce to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by October 18, 2021.

Proof of vaccination, or applicable medical or religious exemption will be required as a condition of employment upon offer. For those that need to complete the vaccination series, start dates will be adjusted.


LifeCenter Northwest is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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