For Immediate Release:
December 13, 2018
LONDON, Ontario – London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded Accreditation with Exemplary Standing by Accreditation Canada. This designation is the highest award available through the hospital accreditation program.
“Attaining Accreditation with Exemplary Standing is a testament to our commitment to continuous improvement to achieve and exceed the very highest standards of health care,” says Dr. Paul Woods, President and CEO, LHSC. “Patients requiring care at LHSC can be assured that they are receiving the highest quality and safest care available as measured against a set of nationally recognized standards.”
LHSC met 100 per cent of the Required Organizational Practices categorized in six safety areas: Safety Culture, Communication, Medication Use, Worklife/Workforce, Infection Control, and Risk Assessment. LHSC also met 99.7 per cent of Accreditation Canada standards; the criteria and guidelines required to provide high-quality care and service.
In its report, Accreditation Canada commends LHSC for its ongoing work to integrate accreditation into its operations to improve the quality and safety of its programs and services.
“We are very pleased that LHSC, together with our partner St. Joseph’s Health Care London, is able to provide the residents of London and area, with high quality and safe care that has been recognized by Accreditation Canada with the highest award level, Accreditation with Exemplary Standing,” notes Dr. Woods.
About London Health Sciences Centre
London Health Sciences Centre has been at the forefront of medicine in Canada for 142 years and offers the broadest range of specialized clinical services in Ontario. Building on the traditions of its founding hospitals to provide compassionate care in an academic teaching setting, London Health Sciences Centre is home to Children’s Hospital, University Hospital, Victoria Hospital, the Kidney Care Centre, two family medical centres, and two research institutes – Children’s Health Research Institute and Lawson Health Research Institute. As a leader in medical discovery and health research, London Health Sciences Centre has a history of over 70 international and national firsts and attracts top clinicians and researchers from around the world. As a regional referral centre, London Health Sciences Centre cares for the most medically complex patients including critically injured adults and children in southwestern Ontario and beyond. The hospital’s nearly 15,000 staff, physicians, students and volunteers provide care for more than one million patient visits a year. For more information visit www.lhsc.on.ca
About Accreditation Canada
Accreditation Canada is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to working with patients, policy makers and the public to improve the quality of health and social services for all. We work to bring the best of health care from around the world home, and vice versa. We work closely with health and social services organizations in Canada and abroad to develop a sustainable culture of improvement that betters safety and efficiency, working to save and improve lives. From the standards we use to the frontline assessments we conduct and everything in between, patients and families are full partners in what we do. More than 1,000 health and social service organizations and 7,000 sites in Canada and around the world have been accredited through our programs and services, leading to safer, quality health care for those who matter most; patients and their families.
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