Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) is committed to quality of care and service. Participation in the accreditation process is a key action by which we measure our clinical and operational performance against established healthcare provider standards. It enables us to identify opportunities to improve patient care and service, in a way that is transparent and holds us accountable to our communities.
Accreditation Canada's accreditation program - developed over 50 years - has a high degree of recognition in the international healthcare community. The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, for example, stipulates that residency programs will operate only in Accreditation Canada accredited facilities.
In 2016, for the second consecutive time, Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) was Accredited with Exemplary Standing.
HHS was one of the first hospitals in Canada to achieve this ranking by Accreditation Canada in 2012.
Accreditation Canada also awarded HHS for seven “leading practices” recognizing the national significance of the following innovative initiatives that drive high-quality care and service delivery:
1. Promoting compassion, resilience and engagement through mindfulness interventions
2. The Hamilton Early Warning Score: Improved safety through attention to abnormal vital signs
3. Peripherally inserted central catheter resources centre
4. Augmentative and Alternative Communication Service in Intensive Care Unit
5. Death & adverse event review process
6. Remodeling critical care: A strategy to mobilize intensive care unit patients and reduce harm
7. Toolkit for safe implementation of insulin pens
“These are practices that demonstrate our commitment to continuous quality improvement, our use of research evidence, and our pursuits to solve problems in transformational ways with greater positive impacts for the people we serve” says Kirsten Krull, vice president, quality and performance, and chief nursing executive, HHS.
Click here for more information about HHS’ leading practices on the Accreditation Canada website and to learn more about Accreditation Canada.