Posted: September 13, 2018
Honouring Our Lifeblood Keepsakes

The Grand River Hospital community received a very special honour for its life-saving work in blood donation.

The hospital received a national Honouring Our Lifeblood award from Canadian Blood Services during a recent gala in Ottawa. Canadian Blood Services celebrated a number of dedicated donors, partners, volunteers and peer recruiters from across the country.

Grand River Hospital was recognized as the 2018 Ontario and Nunavut partner for its work in promoting blood donation among staff members, physicians and volunteers for the past decade.

GRH became the top hospital in Canada for blood donations in 2017, with members of the hospital community giving 571 times. The hospital received amazing support from staff at Canadian Blood Services’ Waterloo permanent clinic in reaching this milestone.

The full list of honourees (opens in a new tab) from across Canada is available on Canadian Blood Services’ website.

Grand River Hospital welcomes and encourages all Waterloo Region residents to roll up their sleeves and give blood. While one in two Canadians is eligible to give, only one in 60 actually donates.

GRH patients need more than 13,000 units of blood and blood products every year. Locally, donor blood supports care for patients in childbirth, specialized children’s treatment (including our smallest patients in GRH’s neonatal intensive care unit), emergency, surgery, cancer care and renal (kidney) care… to name just a few areas.

Please call 1-888-2-DONATE to book an appointment, visit (opens in a new tab) for clinic locations and times, or download the GiveBlood app available on iOS or Android.

Donors who wish to count their donations to the hospital's total are encouraged to provide the partner number GRAN001365.

Thank you to Canadian Blood Services for this wonderful recognition of Grand River Hospital, and to GRH donors who selflessly give life to advance exceptional care for patients and families.

Blood donations are vital for high quality surgery