Organ donors saved seven lives through Burlington hospital past two years

Published February 1, 2023 at 10:17 am


Joseph Brant Hospital (JBH) in Burlington supported two organ donors that saved the lives of seven people in 2021/22.

The hospital was also involved with assisting 25 tissue donors during that time period, which helped enhance the lives of several people throughout the province.

The news comes as JBH has received recognition from the Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN) for outstanding contributions to organ and tissue donation in Ontario.

JBH was awarded the Provincial Eligible Approach Rate Award, which recognizes hospitals for demonstrating leading practices by facilitating a donation discussion between TGLN and eligible patients/families of patients at end of life.

In 2021/22, JBH achieved a 100 per cent eligible approach rate, exceeding the provincial target of 90 per cent percent. That means JBH was able to identify all eligible organ donors in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) early on, giving families time to speak with TGLN about their wishes.

“Joseph Brant Hospital has made an outstanding contribution to organ and tissue donation and this award is a reflection of their commitment to implementing leading donation practices, integrating donation as part of quality end-of-life care, and continuously working to save lives through organ and tissue donation,” said Rebecca Cooper, Vice President, Ontario Renal Network and TGLN.

According to TGLN, almost 1,400 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.

One donor can save up to 8 lives through organ donation and enhance the lives of up to 75 more through the gift of tissue. Ontarians can register their consent to organ and tissue donation at, according to TGLN.

“Each day we strive to provide the highest quality care, including supporting the end-of-life wishes of our patients and their families during what can be a very difficult time,” said Dr. Dwight Prodger, TGLN Hospital Donation Physician at JBH.


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