Barrie and Orillia hospitals recognized for championing organ and tissue donation

Trillium Gift Of Life Network awarding say local hospitals among 30 recognized

A pair of health centres in our region have gotten a pat on the back for championing organ and tissue donation.

Barrie’s Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) has received an award from the Trillium Gift of Life Network recognizing it for its efforts in integrating oran and tissue donation into end-of-life care. Additionally, a staff member at RVH has been centred out for his efforts in the field. Intensivist Dr. Dough Austgarden was named a Donation Champion for his individual efforts in organ and tissue donations at RVH.

“Receiving these two awards is truly an honour and demonstrates RVH’s commitment to organ and tissue donation,” says Liz Ferguson, vice president Patient Programs, Flow and chief nursing executive. “RVH surpassed the Gift of Life network’s 63 per cent target with an astounding 80 per cent conversion rate last year.”

Meanwhile, Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) received similar recognition from the Trillium Gift of Life Network. “OSMH has made an outstanding contribution to organ and tissue donation in Ontario and this award is a reflection of that important work,” says Ronnie Gavsie, President and CEO, Trillium Gift of Life Network. “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 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.”

RVH and OSMH are among 30 hospitals to be awarded a Trillium Gift of Life Network award for 2019/2020. Over 1,600 people in Ontario are on the waitlist for organ transplants and someone dies every three days while waiting.