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Bluewater Health Presented Hospital Achievement Award

SARNIA & PETROLIATrillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN) presented Bluewater Health with a hospital achievement award for its dedication to organ and tissue donation in Ontario.


Bluewater Health received the Provincial Conversion Rate Award for meeting or exceeding the target set by Trillium Gift of Life Network. In 2015/2016, 100 per cent of potential donors referred by Bluewater Health went on to give the gift of life. Organ donation is a complex process, and the conversion rate reflects how well TGLN and Bluewater Health work together to save lives. Accepting the award from Paula Schmidt, Hospital Development Coordinator, TGLN, were Bluewater Health’s President & CEO Mike Lapaine and Cardiac Sonographer Lauren Dobbelaar, who was acknowledged as a ‘Hidden Hero’ by TGLN for her dedication to enabling organ and tissue donation.


“Our staff and physicians are committed to ensuring all who are eligible and want to donate can do so,” says Dr. Glenna Cuccarolo, Intensivist and Hospital Donation Physician. “Each donor can mean everything for the family of someone on the waiting list.”


“Every day we work hard to save lives through organ donation and transplantation, but this is only made possible because of our committed hospital partners,” said Ronnie Gavsie, President and CEO, Trillium Gift of Life Network. “Together we want to ensure all families have the information they need and the opportunity to make a life-saving choice.”


There are 1,500 people in Ontario waiting for a life-saving organ transplant, and every three days someone dies waiting. Register your consent for organ and tissue donation at www.BeADonor.ca and talk to your family about your wishes. Lambton County and Sarnia both exceed the province with registration rates of 48 and 47 per cent, ranking 17thand 22ndrespectively out of 170 communities in Ontario.


Quick facts:

  • Donation and transplant statistics are available by hospital: www.giftoflife.on.ca/en/publicreporting.htm
  • One donor can save eight lives and enhance the lives of 75 more through the gift of tissue.
  • Everyone is a potential organ and tissue donor. To date, the oldest Canadian organ donor was 92 and the oldest tissue donor was 100.

Bluewater Health, with locations in Sarnia and Petrolia, cares for the residents of Sarnia-Lambton. With close to 2,500 staff, Professional Staff and volunteers, Bluewater Health provides an array of specialized acute, complex continuing care, allied health and ambulatory care services. State-of-the-art facilities, which opened in 2010, contribute to Bluewater Health’s Mission: We create exemplary healthcare experiences with patients and families every time. For more information about Bluewater Health, visitwww.bluewaterhealth.ca or follow us on Facebook and YouTube.




For more information on organ and tissue donation in Ontario, or to learn more about the Trillium Gift of Life Network Awards, please contact Jennifer Long at jlong@giftoflife.on.ca or 416-619-2327.


For more information contact:


Birgit Lacey

Communications Coordinator

October 26, 2016