Timmins hospital awarded
TADH recognized for accomplishment in its ‘conversion rate’ of organ donations
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.”
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.
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.