St. Mary’s General Hospital Receives Award for Organ and Tissue Donation

November 8, 2016 (Kitchener) – St. Mary’s General Hospital is being honoured for beating a provincial target for the number of potential organ and tissue donors who go on to give the gift of life. 

On Thursday November 10, Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN) will present a Hospital Achievement Award to St. Mary’s for exceeding TGLN’s 67 per cent conversion rate target for 2015/16. The conversion rate is the percentage of actual organ donors from the total number of potentially eligible organ donors. In 2015/2016, St. Mary’s conversion rate was 75 per cent. St. Mary’s had four potential donors and three went on to give the gift of life. 

St. Mary’s is also one of nine hospitals in Ontario to achieve a 100 per cent routine notification rate from April 1 to June 30, 2016. Routine notification is the rate at which hospitals notify TGLN when there may be a potential organ and/or tissue donor so they can be assessed by TGLN. 

Organ donation is a complex process and St. Mary’s conversion and notification rates reflect how well the hospital and Trillium Gift of Life Network work together to save lives. 

“St. Mary’s has a strong partnership with Trillium Gift of Life Network,” said Dr. Frank Reinders, who is TGLN’s Hospital Donation Physician at St. Mary’s and Critical Care Lead for the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network. “Providing families with the right information and tools to make informed decisions is a priority in delivering innovative care. Our commitment to treat patients with compassion and respect is demonstrated by our efforts to extend the gift of life in our community.” 

“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,” added Ronnie Gavsie, President and CEO, of TGLN. “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. Currently, Kitchener exceeds the province with a registration rate of 37 per cent, ranking 103 out of 170 communities in Ontario. Wellington County and Rural Waterloo also exceeds the province with a registration rate of 44 per cent ranking 48 out of 170 communities. 

Quick facts: 

  •  Donation and transplant statistics are available by hospital: 
  •  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. 


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For more information on organ and tissue donation in Ontario, or to learn more about the Trillium Gift of Life Network Awards, please contact Jennifer Long at or 416-619-2327