Rates of Preventable Deaths Lowest Among Neighbouring Hospitals
TORONTO, Dec. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - North York General Hospital (NYGH) has
the lowest rate of preventable deaths among all Greater Toronto Area
(GTA) hospitals according to the latest data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).
The CIHI report released today, on hospital standardized mortality
ratios (HSMR), shows that fewer patients are dying in hospitals across
Canada and all hospitals in the GTA have made significant progress in
this area. With an HSMR rate of 70, North York General Hospital is the
top performer in the GTA. A score greater than 100 means an
above-average rate, while a score lower than 100 suggests a
"Our patients and community should know that NYGH puts our patients
first in everything we do. An important part of that is providing the
safest, high-quality care possible," said Dr. Tim Rutledge, President
and CEO, North York General Hospital. "We strongly support the public
reporting of quality indicators such as HSMR because we believe it will
inspire improved performance, enhance patient safety, and strengthen
the public's confidence in Ontario hospitals.
The HSMR is a performance indicator that hospitals in Canada have been
using for many years to monitor changes over time and identify areas
for improvement. This year the report observed a 16 per cent HSMR
decrease in participating hospitals across Canada, excluding Quebec.
"Our rate of preventable death has improved year over year because of
targeted initiatives that have advanced the quality of care we
provide," said Karyn Popovich, Vice President, Chief Nursing and Health
Professions Executive. "The hospital's eCare strategy has reduced
medication errors through closed-loop medication barcode scanning and
we have implemented a computerized order entry system that ensures
front-line staff treat patients according to best practices and the
Improving quality and safety has been and remains a major focus at NYGH.
This has created a culture of ownership where everyone in the hospital
is responsible for making quality improvements.
North York General Hospital, affiliated with the University of Toronto,
is one of Canada's leading community academic hospitals. We offer our
culturally diverse community a wide range of acute care, ambulatory and
long-term care services across three sites. North York General takes a
purposeful approach to meeting and exceeding patient's expectations.
The patient experience is at the heart of everything we do.
SOURCE: North York General Hospital
For further information:
Elizabeth McCarthy, Senior Communications Specialist