Tim­mins hos­pi­tal awarded

TADH rec­og­nized for ac­com­plish­ment in its ‘con­ver­sion rate’ of or­gan do­na­tions

The Daily Press (Timmins) - - FRONT PAGE - RON GRECH

Tim­mins and District Hos­pi­tal was rec­og­nized Tues­day for its ded­i­ca­tion to or­gan and tis­sue do­na­tion.

An award was pre­sented by the Tril­lium Gift of Life Net­work.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion awards hos­pi­tals in On­tario that meet or ex­ceed the tar­get of 58% “con­ver­sion rate” set by Tril­lium. Con­ver­sa­tion rate is the per­cent­age of po­ten­tial or­gan donors who went on to be­come ac­tual or­gan donors.

TADH will be one of 27 hos­pi­tals in On­tario to re­ceive the award this year.

Mag­gie Matear, chair­woman of the TADH board, hailed the achieve­ment as a “fan­tas­tic good news story for the City of Tim­mins.”

Among those in­vited to the pre­sen­ta­tion at the hos­pi­tal was Les­lie Tin­ney, the mother of a young Tim­mins man who died in April 2016 at the age of 23 due to com­pli­ca­tions from asthma.

Les­lie Tin­ney be­came an ad­vo­cate for or­gan do­na­tions af­ter her son Aaron do­nated his heart, kid­neys, liver and pan­creas to save other lives.

As pre­vi­ously re­ported by The Daily Press in June 2017, Tin­ney and her husband Greg, met with re­cip­i­ent of her son’s heart — a grand­fa­ther from Bow­manville who has been able to greet three more grand­chil­dren into the world thanks to Aaron’s heart which has kept him alive.

“It linked our fam­i­lies be­cause on our fire­place we have our fam­ily pic­ture and we have his fam­ily pic­ture too,” said Les­lie Tin­ney. “So out of some bad, came some good. I would rather have my son but if I can’t have my son, then this is al­right too.”

Les­lie Tin­ney ad­mit­ted she was ini­tially re­sis­tant to the idea of her son’s or­gans be­ing re­moved and do­nated to other peo­ple. But even­tu­ally she sur­ren­dered to the fact it was her son’s wish.

Kim bazinet, man­ager of the emer­gency depart­ment and the in­ten­sive care unit at Tadh as well as the hos­pi­tal lead for or­gan and tis­sue do­na­tion, said that the Tin­ney fam­ily’s ex­pe­ri­ence only re­in­forces the need for or­gan donors to com­mu­ni­cate their wishes with fam­ily mem­bers.

bazinet said most peo­ple don’t re­al­ize, “at the end of the day, fam­ily can veto what your wishes are (in terms of or­gan do­na­tions) and i think of­ten that hap­pens when they are not aware what your wishes were. so i think it’s very im­por­tant for com­mu­ni­ca­tion to oc­cur.

“We do well at ad­vo­cat­ing for our pa­tients dur­ing their life and while they are alive. We don’t do so well re­spect­ing their wishes when they die.”

Jan­ice bei­tel, di­rec­tor of hos­pi­tal pro­grams, ed­u­ca­tion and pro­fes­sional prac­tice at Tril­lium Gift of life net­work, pre­sented the award to the hos­pi­tal and spoke of the mul­ti­ply­ing ben­e­fits of how a sin­gle or­gan donor can save sev­eral lives.

“in Tim­mins last year, there were four or­gan donors and that re­sulted in 15 or­gan trans­plants,” said bei­tel.

across the prov­ince in 2016 and the early part of this year, there were 354 de­ceased or­gan donors in on­tario and that re­sulted in 1,024 trans­plants.

among them, bei­tel said, “40 peo­ple re­ceived the gift of sight be­cause there were 23 eye donors and there were two multi-tis­sue donors who were able to help oth­ers through bone grafts and skin grafts for burn sur­vivors, and heart valves.

“That means many peo­ple went on with a re­newed life,” said bei­tel. “it re­ally makes a huge dif­fer­ence.”

Tim­mins mayor steve black, who was among those who at­tended the pre­sen­ta­tion, said the im­por­tance of or­gan do­na­tion is “near and dear” to him per­son­ally as his own fa­ther was the ben­e­fi­ciary of a dou­ble-lung trans­plant. black said he can’t say enough about his ap­pre­ci­a­tion for or­gan donors or the trans­plant pro­gram.

“For our fam­ily, it means the world to us.”

RON GRECH/TIM­MINS Daily Press/ Post­media net­work

Mag­gie Matear, chair­woman of the Tim­mins and District Hos­pi­tal board, dis­plays the award pre­sented to TADH by the Tril­lium Gift of

Life Net­work in recog­ni­tion of the hos­pi­tal’s achieve­ments in or­gan and tis­sue do­na­tion.

RON GRECH/TIM­MINS DAILY PRESS/POST­MEDIA NET­WORK

Les­lie Tin­ney, right, dis­plays the hand­made quilt she re­ceived on Mother’s Day from the fam­ily of a man who was the re­cip­i­ent of her sonís heart af­ter Aaron passed away sud­denly last year. It in­cludes an em­broi­dered catch­phrase of her sonís as well as a pho­to­graph of Aaron. Les­lie Tin­ney cher­ishes the gift. “It sits on my bed. I open it up and lay it across my bed ev­ery day.” Hold­ing the other end of the quilt is Kim Bazinet, the lead for or­gan and tis­sue do­na­tion at Tim­mins and District Hos­pi­tal.

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