Lakeridge Health Recognized with Three Awards for Organ and Tissue Donation Efforts

Posted on Friday October 27, 2023

Durham Region – Lakeridge Health has been recognized with three awards from Ontario Health (Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN)) – Ontario’s organ and tissue donation agency – as part of their 2022/2023 Hospital Achievement Awards.

This past year, Lakeridge Health supported five organ donors, which led to 22 organ transplants, saving 18 lives. Additionally, there were 94 tissue donors, enhancing the lives of many others.

In recognition of this work, Lakeridge Health has received the Provincial Conversion Rate Award for meeting or exceeding the target percentage of potential organ donors who went on to become actual donors set by TGLN. This is Lakeridge Health’s seventh time receiving this award.

Lakeridge Health has also received the Award of Excellence for meeting or exceeding the provincial conversion rate target for four or more consecutive years – demonstrating an outstanding commitment to the implementation of donation leading practices.

As well, for the third time, Lakeridge Health has received the Provincial Eligible Approach Rate Award. This award recognizes hospitals for demonstrating leading practices by facilitating an organ donation discussion with eligible patients and their families at end of life. Lakeridge Health has achieved a 100 per cent eligible approach rate – exceeding the target of 90 per cent set by TGLN.

“We are so proud of our teams here at Lakeridge Health for the work they do to make an impact in organ and tissue donation in Ontario, while demonstrating the highest level of compassion and care for individuals and families in challenging circumstances,” said Dr. Randy Wax, Chief of Staff, Lakeridge Health. “We are committed to educating and raising awareness for organ and tissue donation as the need for donors grows in Ontario.”

“Organ and tissue donation is an incredible act of selflessness and we thank and honour the individuals and families who made the life-saving decision to give the gift of life,” added Cynthia Davis, President and CEO, Lakeridge Health. “It’s remarkable to witness this generosity, and the immense difference it makes in the lives of those in need.”

“Lakeridge Health has made an outstanding contribution to organ and tissue donation in Ontario and we are proud to partner with their exemplary team of health-care professionals throughout the year to continue this vital work,” said Rebecca Cooper, Vice President, Ontario Renal Network and Trillium Gift of Life Network, Ontario Health. “By ensuring that the wishes of donors are realized, we honour their selflessness and the legacy they intend to leave behind. Every Ontarian has the potential to save or significantly enhance a life one day by registering at and speaking to their family about their donation decision.”


About Lakeridge Health

With five hospitals, four emergency departments, three critical care units, a long-term care home, a full range of medical and surgical specialties, more than 20 community health-care locations and a state-of-the-art surgical centre within the soon-to-open Jerry Coughlan Health & Wellness Centre, Lakeridge Health offers some of the broadest and most comprehensive acute care, ambulatory care, and long-term care services in Ontario.

Lakeridge Health is also home to several regional specialty centres and services, including the Central East Regional Cancer Program, R.S. McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Centre, The Shoulder Centre, and eye care and chronic kidney disease services. Additionally, we are proud to serve our community with a full suite of inpatient, ambulatory, and community-based mental health and addictions services, and provide safe, high-quality, compassionate care in our state-of-the-art long-term care home, Lakeridge Gardens.

Guided by our vision of One System. Best Health. and supported by a dedicated team of more than 8,700 staff, physicians, and volunteers, Lakeridge Health is a proud member of the Durham Ontario Health Team (Durham OHT) and works in collaboration with the Durham OHT, as well as primary care, and community and government partners to foster a truly integrated, regional system of care. Together, we are focused on empowering people to live their best health and fostering an accessible, inclusive, and equitable environment for all.

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