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.
The Accreditation Canada approach has evolved into an ongoing, interactive 36-month Qmentum cycle that aligns well with our philosophy of continuous quality improvement.
In February 2012, Hamilton Health Sciences received Accreditation with Exemplary Standing from Accreditation Canada (see attachments, below). This is the highest ranking conferred by Accreditation Canada under a new rating system it instituted on January 1, 2012.
Recently, a growing number of healthcare organizations have failed to achieve this award - the highest level of recognition granted by Accreditation Canada. To be fully "Accredited", without "Condition" or "Report", all patient safety-related criteria (ROPs) must be met. Given today's increasing pressures and imperatives placed upon healthcare organizations to provide safe and efficient care and services, being recognized as meeting and successfully integrating national quality standards with other ongoing improvement efforts to better serve our communities is a remarkable accomplishment.
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2011 Accreditation Report (June 2011) (PDF)
News Release: Hamilton Health Sciences receives Accreditation Canada’s new Exemplary Standing (February 2012) (PDF)