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Community members encouraged to join in the registration campaign

April 14, 2016 – Employees at Quinte Health Care (QHC) with support from Trillium Gift of Life Network, are committed to save more lives in Ontario through organ and tissue donation and are inviting community members to join in. The contribution is simple: register your consent for organ and tissue donation.

Throughout BeADonor month in April, QHC is encouraging everyone – not only health care providers but people in our communities as well – to take two minutes to register their consent online through QHC’s campaign page: www.beadonor.ca/quintehealthcare. All that is required is the individual’s health card. You can also visit this page to check your registration status.

Dr. Carolyn Tram, Intensivist (Critical Care Physician) at QHC Belleville General Hospital, said that although there are currently more than 1500 people in Ontario waiting for an organ transplant, only 29% of Ontarians are registered. “It’s an extremely challenging issue to have enough organs to meet the demands of the patients in need who are out there,” she said.

Trillium Gift of Life Network coordinates organ and tissue donation for transplantation across Ontario and Quinte Health Care became a designated hospital in June 2014. Prior to the partnership, there was often a delay between the time of death and determining whether or not the individual wanted to be an organ and/or tissue donor. Sarah Corkey, Manager of QHC’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) said that since the formal relationship began, staff have really become engaged and the results are phenomenal. “This last quarter, we realized a 93% notification rate (notification of deaths) to Trillium Gift of Life Network, which means that nearly all potential donors are being considered at the time of death,” she said. "We had four organ donors between April and December 2015 where eight people benefited and between April 2015 and February 2016, we had 28 eye donors from three of our hospitals: Belleville General Hospital, North Hastings Hospital and Trenton Memorial Hospital.” These donors have changed the lives of countless recipients.

“One organ and tissue donor can save up to eight lives and enhance 75 others through the gift of tissue,” says Ronnie Gavsie, TGLN President and CEO. “Trillium Gift of Life Network works hard to save lives every day through organ donation and transplant, but it is not possible without our hospital partners. Quinte Health Care’s commitment to donation makes transplant possible.”

Quinte Health Care has approximately 1,700 staff members and 300 medical staff who provide a wide range of high quality health care services to a region of 160,000 residents. Care is provided through four hospitals – QHC Belleville General Hospital, QHC North Hastings Hospital, QHC Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital and QHC Trenton Memorial Hospitals – and includes inpatient services, four emergency departments, operating rooms, a rehabilitation day hospital, children's treatment centre, ambulatory care clinics, community mental health programs and a range of diagnostic services.

Trillium Gift of Life Network is a not-for-profit agency for the Government of Ontario and is responsible for planning, promoting, coordinating and supporting organ and tissue donation for transplantation across Ontario and improving the system so that more lives can be saved.

Click here to view a video produced by Loyalist College Student Noah Park featuring ICU Team Lead, RN Charlene Quinn and Intensivist Dr. Carolyn Tram explaining the importance of organ and tissue donation.

Media Inquiries:

Catherine Walker

Manager, Community Relations

Communications, Quinte Health Care

Office: (613) 969-7400 ext 2689

Cell: (613) 847-5331