Pembroke Regional Hospital wins award for organ donation program

From left, Kirsten Johnson, Dianne O’Connor, Tina Davidson, Kim Haley Marc Rheaume, Michelle Godsell, Dr. Tom Hurley and Francois Lemaire. (PRH)

The Pembroke Regional Hospital has received an award for its work on organ and tissue donation. 

The Trillium Gift of Life Network has awarded the hospital the 'Provincial Conversion Rate Award' for meeting or exceeding targets for potential organ donors who go on to become actual donors. The hospital's rate was 63 per cent. 

PRH was one of 29 across the province to receive the award during a virtual award ceremony on Wednesday, the second times its been given the honour. 

"Receiving this award means a lot to our team and demonstrates that the importance of organ and tissue donation in entrenched in our culture," said PRH President and CEO Pierre Noel in a news release. 

He also said the work has also improved the the hospital's commitment to providing "optimal" end-of-life care for all patients and their families. 

"Since joining the Trillium Gift of Life Network in 2013, our hospital reports every patient death so that TGLN's specially trained staff can identify potential donors and approach families to get consent. In the past year alone, this has resulted in one organ donor which led to three transplants performed from organs recovered and 14 tissue donors enhancing the lives of many."  

Trillium's President and CEO Ronnie Gavsie said in a statement that the hospital has "made an outstanding contribution to organ and tissue donation in Ontario and this award is a reflection of that important work." 

"The collaboration and partnership we have with our hospitals is critical to saving lives. Every Ontarian can play a part by registering to donate at BeADonor.ca. Now is the time to think about what we can do to protect the health of others, and this includes saving more lives through donation."  

The Trillium Gift of Life Network is asking residents to consider being organ donors as more than 1,600 people in Ontario are on the waitlist for a lifesaving transplant.