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SCHR awarded Accreditation

After a rigourous evaluation process, Sun Country Health Region (SCHR) has been awarded Accreditation from Accreditation Canada. The Region’s care practices and policies met 95.3 per cent of the national standards used to measure the ability of Canadian health care organizations to provide high quality, safe and effectively-managed health care.

The week-long evaluation process of all programs and services took place from September 28 to Oct 3, 2014.  Accreditation Canada conducted visits to 16 facilities in SCHR.

Surveyors judged the Region on the basis of such areas as leadership, governance, medication management standards, infection prevention and control, and measured all programs provided to populations with chronic conditions, child and youth populations, maternal/child populations, senior populations and public health services.

Services provided in SCHR’s operating rooms, primary health care, surgical care, emergency departments, home care, long term care, medicine, rehabilitation, emergency medical services, community-based mental health and addictions, obstetrics, inpatient mental health, and reprocessing were measured for excellence.

Accreditation is part of Sun Country Health Region’s ongoing process of quality improvement. The formal evaluation and survey is conducted every four years by an independent team of surveyors from across Canada.

Accreditation Canada is a not-for-profit, independent organization that provides national and international health care organizations with an external peer review process to assess and recommend improvements to the services they provide to their patients and clients based on standards of excellence.

Surveyors said the Region is commended on its commitment to using accreditation to improve the quality and safety of the services it offers to its clients and its community.

Surveyors also noted that the Lean Management System promotes a way of providing quality care and services to the target population and a mechanism for engaging front line staff in creating positive change. They said this direction works very well for SCHR and the Region is encouraged to continue to provide education about Lean to staff.

“We are very pleased with the results and will work diligently with staff to complete the few remaining standards in the required time frame,” says President and CEO Marga Cugnet.

Posted November 19

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