CMH Awarded for Championing Organ and Tissue Donation

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Cambridge, ON –  Cambridge Memorial Hospital (CMH) was recognized by Ontario Health (Trillium Gift of Life Network) for its outstanding efforts to integrate organ and tissue donation into quality end-of-life care in 2020/21.

CMH was presented with the Eligible Approach Rate Award for meeting and exceeding the provincial of 90% set by Ontario Health (Trillium Gift of Life Network). CMH’s rate was 100%! This eligible approach rate award recognizes hospitals for demonstrating leading practices by facilitating a donation discussion with eligible patients and families of patients at end of life. The hospital also presented Vera Heldmann, RN Clinical Educator & Facilitator for the Medicine Program with the Donation/Transplant Champion Award for her commitment to organ and tissue donation and transplantation.

"We are so proud of our teams. These awards show their dedication to providing exceptional and compassionate care throughout the patient journey,” says April McCulloch, Director, Medical Programs. Dr. David Cape, Intensivist and physician lead for the Intensive Care Unit accepted the award on behalf of CMH and noted: “Receiving this award lifts our spirits and reminds us of the importance of this necessary work. Without having these conversations, we would not be able to save or enhance lives through organ and tissue donation.”

CMH is one of 34 hospitals to be awarded a 2020/21 Ontario Health (Trillium Gift of Life Network) Hospital Achievement Award and one of 9 hospitals to recognize a Donation or Transplant Champion on their team.

“Cambridge Memorial has made an outstanding contribution to organ and tissue donation in Ontario and this award is a reflection of that important work,” says Judy Linton, Chief Nursing Executive & Clinical Institutes and Quality Programs Executive. Ontario Health. “The collaboration and partnership Ontario Health (TGLN) has with our hospitals is critical to saving lives and we are so appreciative of their ongoing commitment. Every Ontarian has the opportunity to demonstrate their support for this life-saving work by registering their consent to donate organs and tissue at”

Today, more than 1,500 people are on the waitlist for a lifesaving organ transplant, and every three days someone will die waiting. Over 90 per cent of Ontarians support donation, yet only 35 per cent have formally registered their consent for organ and tissue donation. One donor can save up to 8 lives through organ donation and enhance the lives of up to 75 more through the gift of tissue. By registering consent to donate, you make your family aware of your decision to save lives.