WRH Recognized for Efforts to Save Lives Through Organ Transplant


Dr. Natalie Malus

Windsor Regional Hospital’s efforts to integrate organ and tissue donation into quality end-of-life care has been recognized by the Trillium Gift of Life Network, Ontario’s organ and tissue donation and transplantation agency.

The hospital was presented Monday with a Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN) Provincial Conversion Rate Award, which reflects the number of patients who went on to become donors out of all potential donors. Organ donation is a complex process and the conversion rate reflects how well TGLN and WRH work together to save lives.

In 2017/18, WRH had 29 organ donors, which resulted in 82 transplants performed and another 70 tissue donors who enhanced the lives of many others.

In total, 63 per cent of potential donors referred by Windsor Regional Hospital went on to give the Gift of Life.

WRH is one of 29 hospitals and partners in Ontario to be awarded a 2017/18 Trillium Gift of Life Network Hospital Award.

“We are proud to acknowledge the important contributions of our hospital partners because the success of organ and tissue donation in Ontario relies on their hard work and dedication,” says Ronnie Gavsie, President and CEO, Trillium Gift of Life Network. “This award reflects the continued commitment of Windsor Regional Hospital to implement donation best practices and offer families the opportunity to make a lifesaving choice.”

Also Monday, a special award was presented to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional advocacy for organ donation. WRH’s Dr. Natalie Malus, Medical Director for the ICU and Hospital Donation Physician, Trillium Gift of Life Network, received the Hospital Donation Champion Award in recognition of her many years of work promoting the importance of organ and tissue donation in our community.

A dozen other WRH team members were also recognized for their efforts in promoting organ donation through a “Hidden Heroes” award: 

Ouellette Campus

  • Operating Room: Dr. Alex Briskin, Annie Marchenkowsky and Chantal Khoury
  • Emergency Department: Andre Daresh
  • Respiratory Department: Jackie Parent
  • Intensive Care Unit: Faith Ciupka

Met Campus

  • Intensive Care Unit: Pam Scholey
  • Respiratory Department: Cheryl Ammoscato
  • Operating Room: Diane Tokar and Dan Broderick
  • Emergency Department: Michelle Gagne
  • Eye Recovery Team Lead: Jackie Ion

Today, more than 1,500 people in Ontario are on the waitlist for a lifesaving organ transplant, and every three days someone will die without one. While the majority of Canadians support donation, only 33 per cent of Ontarians have formally registered their consent for organ and tissue donation.

Some people believe that their age or medical condition prevents them from being a donor. In actuality, age does not preclude someone from becoming a donor, and each potential donor is assessed at the time of death for medical suitability. Others may not have registered under the misguided assumption that doctors won’t work hard to save a life if that patient is a registered donor, but in fact, the first priority is always to save a life. Donation is only considered after all life-saving efforts are exhausted, there is no chance of recovery, and the family accepts the diagnosis of death.

Windsor trails the province with a registration rate of 30 percent, ranking 156th out of 170 communities in Ontario. Visit to register or find out how to register today!

WRH Recognized TGLN