KHSC awarded for ‘outstanding contribution’ to organ and tissue donation

Kingston General Hospital, a KHSC site. Photo by Lucas Mulder/Kingstonist.

Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) has been recognized by Ontario Health’s Trillium Gift of Life Network for its outstanding efforts to integrate organ and tissue donation into quality end-of-life care.

According to a release from KHSC, the hospital agency is among only seven hospitals in the province to receive the Award of Excellence for successfully converting potential organ donors into actual donors at a minimum of 63 per cent of the time (conversion rate target) for four or more consecutive years. This is the first year KHSC has received the Award of Excellence, and it’s the sixth year it has received the Provincial Conversion Rate Award.

KHSC said that its current conversion rate is 75 per cent, which resulted in 34 organs donated for transplant, saving 31 lives, and 38 tissue donors, enhancing the lives of many others.

Another first for KHSC is being recognized with the Provincial Eligible Approach Rate Award for facilitating a donation discussion between Ontario Health and eligible patients and families at end-of-life at a minimum of 90 per cent of the time, according to the release. KHSC’s eligible approach rate is 100 per cent.

“It’s rewarding to know that, together with our patients and their families, we are helping to save and enhance lives,” said Jason Hann, KHSC’s Executive Vice-President of Patient Care and Chief Nursing Executive.

“I’m very proud of the important contributions KHSC, our staff, and physicians, have made to support organ and tissue donation, and with such compassion and integrity.”

“Kingston Health Sciences Centre has made an outstanding contribution to organ and tissue donation in Ontario and we are proud to partner with their exemplary team of health care professionals throughout the year to continue this vital work,” added Rebecca Cooper, Vice-President of the Ontario Renal Network and Trillium Gift of Life Network through Ontario Health.

“By ensuring that the wishes of donors are realized, we honour their selflessness and the legacy they intend to leave behind. Every Ontarian has the potential to save or significantly enhance a life one day by registering at BeADonor.ca and speaking to their family about their donation decision.”

Today, there are nearly 1,400 Ontarians in need of a life-saving organ transplant and thousands more who are in need of life-restoring tissue transplants, KHSC stated. Tragically, every three days someone will die waiting for an organ, while those awaiting valuable tissue will continue to experience a lower quality of life, the health care agency expressed.

According to the release, the success of organ and tissue donation and transplantation in Ontario hinges on the unwavering efforts of hospitals and health care professionals who work tirelessly to ensure that Ontarians have the opportunity to help others through the gift of life. The Hospital Achievement Awards recognize this crucial work and the profound impact it can have on those waiting for an organ or tissue donation.

KHSC urged residents to register to donate, and to speak with family about your wishes, noting that one donor can save and enhance up to 80 lives through organ and tissue donation.

Read more about the 2022-2023 Hospital Achievement Awards on the Ontario Health website, and visit www.beadonor.ca to find out more about organ and tissue donation.

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