Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Encourages Community to Give the Gift of Life this Holiday Season

CHATHAM – KENT: December 17, 2015 – Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) is encouraging the community to Give the Gift of Life this holiday season through registration of organ and tissue donation. Organ and tissue donation still remains a critical need province-wide. While the number of registered donors in Ontario has increased to 28 per cent, as of September 2015 there were still 1,662 Ontarians on the waiting list for a life-saving transplant. 
Since 2012, CKHA has been a designated Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN) hospital in an effort to increase organ and tissue donation through the Routine Notification Program. As a partner in the program, CKHA is required to report every impending patient death and every death that meets established referral indicators to TGLN within an hour of the death. If a person is eligible to donate, specially-trained TGLN staff work closely with hospital staff and physicians to approach and support the grieving family through the decision to donate and ensure as many people as possible are helped through the gift of organ and tissue donation.
“CKHA’s team has shown an outstanding dedication to this program. This year we achieved 100 per cent compliance twice across all units within the hospital,” said Willi Kirenko, Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive. “This means we are consistently identifying potential donors and working with TGLN to coordinate support for families through the decision to donate.”
Since CKHA became a TGLN designated site, 54 eye donors have given the gift of sight through corneal transplant to 108 recipients and six multi-tissue donors have improved the lives of many more. One organ donor can save eight lives and improve life for up to 75 others.
To increase donor registration within Chatham-Kent, CKHA along with community partners launched the Chatham-Kent…Give the Gift of Life organ and tissue registration campaign in December 2012. The goal of 250 new registered donors was surpassed within three weeks. CKHA and its partners continue to support the campaign today, with a goal of reaching 1,500 registered donors.
Making the decision to become a registered donor can help save and improve lives. Registration only takes two minutes and requires an Ontario Health Card. If you want to be sure that your donation decision is registered visit, or register in person at a ServiceOntario centre.
Visit to register to be an organ and tissue donor today and support the Chatham-Kent… Give the Gift of Life campaign. 
For more information on donation, visit
For more information on Routine Notification, email hospitalsupport [at] giftoflife [dot] on [dot] ca
To learn how an organ donation benefitted a former CKHA staff member, click here.
For more information contact:
Lisa Northcott, Director, Quality, Effectiveness & Interprofessional Practice
Chatham-Kent Health Alliance
(519) 352-6401 ext. 5118

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