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April 16, 2018
London Health Sciences Centre has been presented with the Provincial Conversion Rate Award for meeting or exceeding the target goal set by Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN), a not-for-profit agency of the Government of Ontario responsible for planning, promoting, coordinating and supporting organ and tissue donation for transplantation across Ontario.
The conversion rate is based on the number of potential organ donors that become actual donors. In 2016/17, LHSC exceeded the target rate of 58 per cent set by TGLN. Organ donation is a complex process and this award reflects how well we work together with TGLN to save lives through organ donation.
LHSC’s Multi-Organ Transplant Program at University Hospital is one of Canada's leading transplant centres. Our multidisciplinary teams care for transplant candidates as well as recipients who are recovering from heart, kidney, kidney-pancreas, pancreas, liver, and multi-organ transplantation.
This award is especially meaningful during April as it is BeADonor Month. Throughout April all Ontarians are encouraged to find out more about organ and tissue donation and register their consent as a donor. With more than 1,500 people in Ontario waiting for a life-saving organ transplant at any given time, the need for people to register their consent to donate and to share their wishes with their loved ones remains great.
One donor can save up to eight lives and registering as a donor or checking your status is easy. Look on the back of your photo health card for the word “donor” or check online at LHSC’s BeADonor. You just need your health card number and two minutes to sign up or check!