Fifty physicians to champion organ and tissue donation in Ontario hospitals

TORONTO, Dec. 8, 2015 /CNW/ - Hospital Donation Physicians are now working to support organ and tissue donation within Ontario hospitals, following closely the example set by successful international programs. Physician engagement is credited with improving donation rates by encouraging a culture of donation within hospitals. These specially trained physicians complement existing supports available through Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN).

"The opportunity for organ donation is rare, as less than three per cent of hospital deaths allow for organ donation," explains Ronnie Gavsie, President and CEO of TGLN. "Hospital Donation Physicians are available to staff to provide educational support and share expertise, and to ensure that no family misses the opportunity to create a lifesaving legacy for a loved one by choosing donation."

With over 1,600 Ontarians waiting for a lifesaving transplant, TGLN is committed to supporting hospitals as they incorporate donation into quality end-of-life care.

This is the second phase of Ontario's plan to create an integrated network of donation physicians, both within and external to the hospital. In December 2014, TGLN appointed five Regional Medical Leads responsible for supporting hospital donation performance within a specific region of Ontario.

Dr. Sonny Dhanani, TGLN's Chief Medical Officer of Donation says: "Since we implemented the donation physician model in Ontario, we've seen an increase in the number of potential donors referred to TGLN. This means there are fewer missed opportunities for donation, and more families are being given the chance to make a lifesaving choice. This is improving end-of-life care for Ontarians."

Dr. Eric Hoskins, Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care says: "Organ and tissue donation is incredibly important. One donor can save up to eight lives and help 75 more by donating tissue.  I thank the physicians who are taking on the critical task of working with their colleagues and patient families to help increase the number of donations. This new initiative has the potential to save countless lives."

See below for the list of Ontario hospitals with Hospital Donation Physicians.

Quick facts

Ontario hospitals with Hospital Donation Physicians:

Bluewater Health
Brockville General Hospital
Cambridge Memorial Hospital
Chatham-Kent Health Alliance
Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario
Cornwall Community Hospital
Georgian Bay General Hospital
Grand River Hospital
Guelph General Hospital
Halton Healthcare
Hamilton Health Sciences
Health Sciences North
Hôpital Montfort
Humber River Hospital
Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance
Kingston General Hospital
Lakeridge Health
London Health Sciences Centre
Mackenzie Health
Markham Stouffville Hospital
Mount Sinai Hospital
Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare
Niagara Health System
North Bay Regional Health Centre
North York General Hospital

Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital
Pembroke Regional Hospital
Peterborough Regional Health Centre
Queensway Carleton Hospital
Quinte Healthcare Corporation
Rouge Valley Health System
Royal Victoria Hospital
Sault Area Hospital
The Scarborough Hospital
Sick Kids
Southlake Regional Health Centre
St. Joseph's Health Centre
St. Michael's Hospital
St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton
St. Mary's General Hospital
St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
The Ottawa Hospital
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre
Toronto East General Hospital
Trillium Health Partners
University Health Network
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
William Osler Health System
Windsor Regional Hospital


Trillium Gift of Life Network is a not-for-profit agency of the Government of Ontario responsible for planning, promoting, coordinating and supporting organ and tissue donation for transplantation across Ontario and improving the system so that more lives can be saved.

SOURCE Trillium Gift of Life Network

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