Dr. Mark Bonta, CGMH Chief of Internal Medicine and Co-Chair of the CGMH TGLN, Carita Valentini, Manager of Medicine and Co-Chair of the CGMH TGLN committee, along with many interdisciplinary team members involved with organ and tissue donation at CGMH.

Collingwood General and Marine Hospital (CGMH) is one of 34 hospitals in the province to be awarded a 2020/21 Ontario Health (Trillium Gift of Life Network) Hospital Achievement Award, for its outstanding efforts to integrate organ and tissue donation into quality end-of-life care.

CGMH was presented with the Provincial Conversion Rate Award, for exceeding the target conversion rate of 63 percent, with a 100 percent conversion rate. The conversion rate is the percentage of potential organ donors (patients who die in a hospital setting and are deemed medically suitable for donation) who went on to become actual donors. Two organ donors at CGMH lead to eight organ transplants and 12 tissue donors, enhancing the lives of all recipients.

“The capacity of our hospital, and all hospitals involved with TGLN to confer organ transplantation to thousands of Canadians on the wait list, requires a robust inter-professional team and a good partnership with Trillium. I want to provide a big thank you to all our front-line team members working collaboratively to help our patients and make this a priority for our community, as well as for the broader community,” said Dr. Mark Bonta, CGMH Chief of Internal Medicine and Co-Chair of the CGMH TGLN committee.

“CGMH has made an outstanding contribution to organ and tissue donation in Ontario and this award is a reflection of that important work,” says Judy Linton, Chief Nursing Executive & Clinical Institutes and Quality Programs Executive, Ontario Health.

Today, more than 1,500 people are on the waitlist for a lifesaving organ transplant, and every three days someone will die waiting. Over 90 per cent of Ontarians support donation, yet only 35 per cent have formally registered their consent for organ and tissue donation.

Collingwood G&M Hospital (G&M) is a 74 bed hospital located in Collingwood (that serves more than 60,000 permanent residents and 3.5 million annual visitors to the communities of Wasaga Beach, Collingwood, Clearview and the Blue Mountains. The G&M is an acute care hospital providing emergency care, diagnostic services including lab, imaging and cardio respiratory therapy, as well as two inpatient units (medicine and surgery). In addition, the G&M also provides care in specialty areas including obstetrics, orthopaedics, intensive care and surgery. The Hospital also provides outpatient care including dialysis and a wide range of clinics including mental health and rehabilitation services. The G&M continues to provide care close to home for our community and plays a key role as an integrated orthopaedic centre for our region.

For more information please visit our website at www.cgmh.on.ca and our Foundation website at www.cgmhf.com.


SUMBITTED BY: Lisa van Kolfschoten, Communications Officer, Collingwood General and Marine Hospital