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Earlier today, Trillium Gift of Life Network presented Collingwood General and Marine Hospital with a hospital achievement award for its dedication to organ and tissue donation in Ontario.

Trillium Awards presentation

CGMH was presented with the Provincial Conversion Rate Award for meeting or exceeding the target set by Trillium Gift of Life Network. In 2015/2016, 100 per cent of potential donors referred by CGMH went on to give the gift of life. Organ donation is a complex process and the conversion rate reflects how well Trillium Gift of Life Network and CGMH work together to save lives.

"We are very proud of this accomplishment and the teamwork of everyone involved, but the greatest accomplishment is the lives that are saved through the gift of organ donation," says Dr. Paul Smylie.

"Every day we work hard to save lives through organ donation and transplantation, but this is only made possible because of our committed hospital partners," said Ronnie Gavsie, President and CEO, Trillium Gift of Life Network. "Together we want to ensure all families have the information they need and the opportunity to make a life-saving choice."

There are 1,500 people in Ontario waiting for a life-saving organ transplant and every three days someone dies waiting. Register your consent for organ and tissue donation at and talk to your family about your wishes.

Quick facts:

  • Donation and transplant statistics are available by
  • One donor can save eight lives and enhance the lives of 75 more through the gift of tissue.
  • Everyone is a potential organ and tissue donor. To date, the oldest Canadian organ donor was 92 and the oldest tissue donor was 100.

Photo: Trillium Gift of Life Hospital Achievement Award presentation at CGMH with Cathy Ritter, Hospital Development Coordinator for TGOL, Karen Johnson, Director of Hospital Programs for TGOL, Dr. Paul Smylie, Cardiologist, Norah Holder VP Patient Services and Chief Nursing Executive CGMH, Erin Bruce, Manager of the Emergency Department and ICU and Thom Paterson CGMH Board Chair.

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