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Niagara Health recognized for promoting organ donation

Posted Apr 26th, 2016

Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN) presented Niagara Health System and a member of our team with two awards today for dedication to helping improve organ and tissue donation in Ontario and saving lives through transplantation. 

Ann Nagypal, a Registered Nurse at our Douglas Memorial Site in Fort Erie, received the Tissue Donation Champion Award, which is given to a healthcare professional who is an active advocate for tissue donation.

As well, NHS was presented with the Hospital Achievement Award -- Provincial Conversion Rate, given to hospitals that met or exceeded TGLN’s target of a 67% Conversion Rate in 2014/15. Conversion Rate is the percentage of actual organ donors from the total number of potentially eligible organ donors. 

“We are honoured to be partners with Trillium Gift of Life Network in this important effort,” says Heather Paterson, Niagara Health’s Director of Clinical Services. “The Hospital Achievement Award speaks to the important work happening across our organization to help save lives. We are so proud that Ann has been recognized as a Tissue Donation Champion for her incredible work and dedication.”

Ronnie Gavsie, President and CEO at Trillium Gift of Life Network, adds: “We are proud to acknowledge the important contributions of our hospital partners. The success of organ and tissue donation in Ontario relies on their hard work and dedication. Together, we work to make sure families are given the opportunity to honour their loved ones wishes and save lives through organ and tissue donation.”

April is BeADonor month. There are 1,600 people in Ontario waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. One donor can save up to eight lives and enhance the lives of up to 75 more through the gift of tissue.

Register your consent for organ and tissue donation at and talk to your family about your wishes.


Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN) is a not-for-profit agency of the Government of Ontario. TGLN plans, promotes, coordinates and supports organ and tissue donation and transplantation across Ontario.


Media contact: Steven Gallagher, Interim Communications Manager, 905-378-4647, ext. 43879;


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