GRH News Release

For immediate release
April 20th 2016 

Grand River Hospital Recognized by Ontario’s Agency for Organ and Tissue Donation 

Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN) will present Grand River Hospital (GRH) with the Hospital Achievement Award – Provincial Conversion Rate for its dedication to helping improve organ and tissue donation in Ontario and saving lives through transplantation. 

GRH will receive the award for having exceeded the target of a 67 per cent conversion rate in 2014/15. The conversion rate is the percentage of actual organs donors from the total number of potentially-eligible organ donors identified upon deceased health record review. Key factors influencing conversion rate are the notification of potential organ donors and working with TGLN to promote optimal approach planning. 

Grand River Hospital achieved a conversion rate of 69 per cent in 2014/15, one of 16 hospitals in the province to do so. Nine organ donors saved the lives of 26 people. The gifts of an additional 31 tissue donors supported many other patients. 

“Our organ donation team recently won GRH’s award of excellence for their compassionate approach to supporting organ donation, particularly with families whose loved ones are making an end-of-life donation. Our hospital proudly supports organ, tissue and blood donations, and we are gratified for this validation of our efforts,” said Malcolm Maxwell, GRH President and CEO. 

“We are proud to acknowledge the important contributions of our hospital partners. The success of organ and tissue donation in Ontario relies on their hard work and dedication,” said Ronnie Gavsie, President and CEO at Trillium Gift of Life Network. “Together, we work to make sure families are given the opportunity to honour their loved ones wishes and save lives through organ and tissue donation.” 

There are 1,600 people in Ontario waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. Register your consent for organ and tissue donation at and talk to your family about your wishes. As of December 31, 2015, the registration rate for Kitchener is 36 per cent. 
Janet MacLean, Vice President of Clinical Donation Services for TLGN, will present the award to GRH Intensive Care Medical Director Dr. Paul Hosek and President and CEO Malcolm Maxwell. The presentation will happen as follows: 

Thursday April 21st, 1400 to 1415 hrs 
GRH KW Campus cafeteria, 835 King Street West, Kitchener 

About Grand River Hospital 
Grand River Hospital (GRH) is one of Ontario’s largest community hospitals and provides innovative, quality care to more than 700,000 residents of Waterloo Region and Guelph Wellington. 

GRH is a leading healthcare organization, offering cancer and renal (kidney) services; care for the most seriously ill and injured adults; services for mothers, newborns and children; emergency care; mental health and addictions; and care for older adults including rehabilitation. The Hospital is privileged to be a key partner in health sciences learning and has a rapidly growing role in teaching and research. 

GRH patients benefit from the services of 3,400 staff members; 600 physicians, midwives and dentists; and 1,000 volunteers at the Kitchener-Waterloo and Freeport campuses as well as satellite locations in Waterloo Region and Guelph-Wellington. 

For more information, please contact: 

Mark Karjaluoto, Director of Communications 
Office: (519) 749-4300 extension 2788