April 12, 2017
(Strathroy, ON) – April is BeADonor month. The Middlesex Hospital Alliance (MHA) is celebrating BeADonor Day on April 20, 2017. Please join us for special presentations, testimonials, donor registration information and refreshments (details below).
Currently in Ontario, there are over 1,500 people on the waiting list for an organ transplant. Sharing your decision to donate is the best gift. More than 85% of Ontarians are in favour of organ donation; however, only one in four have registered their consent to donate.
MHA is proud of its affiliation with the Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN) in working to save lives through organ and tissue donation. Since April 2015, SMGH has been able to facilitate donations to enhance the lives of multiple individuals!
Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN) is a not-for-profit agency of the Government of Ontario. TGLN plans, promotes, coordinates and supports organ and tissue donation and transplantation across Ontario. Its mission is to save and enhance lives through the gift of organ and tissue donation and transplantation in Ontario. TGLN provides Ontarians with tools and supports to help them make informed decisions. Stakeholders include donor families, community volunteers, transplant recipients, healthcare professionals, faith leaders, supportive private sector organizations and governmental organizations.
A transplant is a type of surgery where an organ or tissue is removed from one person (the donor) and given to another (the recipient) to replace the recipient’s damaged organ or tissue.
Organs that can be transplanted are the liver, small bowel, kidney, pancreas, heart and lung.
Tissue Transplants include corneas, skin, bone, cardiovascular tissue, the islet cells of the pancreas and connective tissue.
“SMGH is very proud to partner with the Trillium Gift of Life Network to improve the lives of people across the province,” says Rosemary Frketich, Vice President Clinical Services & CNO of Middlesex Hospital Alliance.
The Middlesex Hospital Alliance, Strathroy Site has been a level 2 designated hospital for organ and tissue donation within the Trillium Gift of Life Network since April 1, 2015. SMGH has demonstrated promising, positive results including appropriate referrals to TGLN resulting in twelve eye donations, one multi-tissue donation and two kidney donations. These donations are enhancing the lives of many individuals.
Come join us for our BeADonor Day
Thursday April 20, 2017
2:00pm – 4:00pm
If you want to be sure that your donation decision is registered, visit BeADonor.ca or register in person at a ServiceOntario centre or online at www.beadonor.ca/campaign/mha. For more information on donation, please visit www.giftoflife.on.ca.