C-K Health Al­liance lauded for or­gan do­na­tion ef­forts

Hos­pi­tal has 100% rou­tine no­ti­fi­ca­tion rate

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The Chatham-Kent Health Al­liance has found it­self in an ex­clu­sive club for its ef­forts con­cern­ing or­gan do­na­tion.

The hos­pi­tal is one of eight in the prov­ince, out of 69 fa­cil­i­ties, that at­tained a 100 per cent rou­tine no­ti­fi­ca­tion rate, ac­cord­ing to the Tril­lium Gift of Life Net­work.

Rou­tine no­ti­fi­ca­tion is the rate at which hos­pi­tals no­tify the net­work when there is the po­ten­tial for or­gan or tis­sue do­na­tions.

Be­tween April 1 and June 30, On­tario hos­pi­tals achieved a 95 per cent no­ti­fi­ca­tion rate.

“We’re re­ally proud of it,” said Lisa North­cott, CKHA’s vice-pres­i­dent, chief nurs­ing ex­ec­u­tive, and chief pro­fes­sional prac­tice. “We’ve done a lot of work with our staff to un­der­stand the im­por­tance . . . Our staff are re­ally com­mit­ted to it.”

She added this wasn’t the first time the CKHA has achieved that rate.

Other hos­pi­tals with the per­fect no­ti­fi­ca­tion rate are Colling­wood Gen­eral & Marine Hos­pi­tal, Grey Bruce Health Ser­vices, Kirk­land and Dis­trict Hos­pi­tal, Muskoka Al­go­nquin Health­care, Pem­broke Regional Hos­pi­tal, St. Joseph’s Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal El­liot Lake, and Univer­sity of Ottawa Heart In­sti­tute. North­cott said the Tril­lium Gift of Life Net­work has out­lined cri­te­ria for when it should be no­ti­fied of a death in the hos­pi­tal.

“Tril­lium Gift of Life ac­tu­ally makes the con­nec­tion with the fam­ily,” she said. “They ask them if they would like to con­sider do­na­tion. The re­search shows there is much greater suc­cess, much greater ap­proval for do­na­tions, if they’re con­tacted by Tril­lium Gift of Life.”

Dur­ing the same re­port­ing pe­riod, On­tario hos­pi­tals achieved a 59 per cent con­ver­sion rate.

This is the per­cent­age of po­ten­tial or­gans donors that went on to be­come ac­tual or­gan donors. Nine­teen out of 55 hos­pi­tals achieved a 100 per cent con­ver­sion rate.

Sev­eral south­west­ern On­tario hos­pi­tals are on this list, in­clud­ing Cam­bridge Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal, Grand River Hos­pi­tal, St. Marys Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal, St. Thomas El­gin Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal, and Wind­sor Regional Hos­pi­tal.

“I think peo­ple are be­com­ing much more aware (of or­gan do­na­tion),” North­cott said. “And peo­ple are talk­ing about it more with their fam­ily mem­bers.”

She also cred­ited the work of first re­spon­ders for their on­go­ing ed­u­ca­tional cam­paigns about the is­sue.

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