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CGMH Awarded for Championing Organ and Tissue Donation

Collingwood General and Marine Hospital (CGMH) is one of 34 hospitals in the province to be awarded a 2020/21 Ontario Health (Trillium Gift of Life Network) Hospital Achievement Award, for its outstanding efforts to integrate organ and tissue donation into quality end-of-life care.

CGMH was presented with the Provincial Conversion Rate Award, for exceeding the target conversion rate of 63 percent, with a 100 percent conversion rate. The conversion rate is the percentage of potential organ donors (patients who die in a hospital setting and are deemed medically suitable for donation) who went on to become actual donors. Two organ donors at CGMH lead to eight organ transplants and 12 tissue donors, enhancing the lives of all recipients.

TGLN Team Photo

"The capacity of our hospital, and all hospitals involved with TGLN to confer organ transplantation to thousands of Canadians on the wait list, requires a robust interprofessional team and a good partnership with Trillium. I want to provide a big thank you to all our front-line team members working collaboratively to help our patients and make this a priority for our community, as well as for the broader community," said Dr. Mark Bonta, CGMH Chief of Internal Medicine and Co-Chair of the CGMH TGLN committee.

You can watch the full recording of the TGLN Virtual Awards presentation here.

"CGMH has made an outstanding contribution to organ and tissue donation in Ontario and this award is a reflection of that important work," says Judy Linton, Chief Nursing Executive & Clinical Institutes and Quality Programs Executive, Ontario Health.

Today, more than 1,500 people are on the waitlist for a lifesaving organ transplant, and every three days someone will die waiting. Over 90 per cent of Ontarians support donation, yet only 35 per cent have formally registered their consent for organ and tissue donation.

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