St. Michael's Hospital applauds public release of new health information data



    TORONTO, Nov. 29 /CNW/ - St. Michael's Hospital praised the Canadian
Institute for Health Information Thursday for the public release of health
data that will help improve health-care quality and safety in hospitals across
the country.
    The information, collected using a new measurement tool known as the
Hospital Standardized Mortality Ratio (HSMR), is a measure of patient safety
that compares a hospital's mortality rate with the overall Canadian rate. Data
collected on hospitals in all provinces except Quebec, were released for
eligible hospitals, corporations and health regions over the past three years
at a press conference Thursday.
    "Hospitals across Canada have an obligation to improve their respective
HSMRs," Hospital president and CEO Jeff Lozon said. "With this new
information, our Hospital will continually strive to monitor and improve our
performance to bring about even higher standards in patient care."
    Developed in the United Kingdom in the mid-90s and used in hospitals in
Holland and the United States, the HSMR is a motivator for change that can
help hospitals identify ways to reduce mortality, monitor changes in
performance and improve patient care.
    St. Michael's Hospital has shown its commitment to improving patient care
by becoming one of the first and only the third teaching hospital in the
province to voluntarily publish data collected from various performance
indicator tools, including HSMR. For a look at various performance indicators
and our hospital's HSMR scores, please visit
www.stmichaelshospital.com/indicators/index.php.

    St. Michael's Hospital is a large and vibrant Catholic teaching and
research hospital in the heart of Toronto. Fully affiliated with the
University of Toronto, St. Michael's Hospital leads with innovation, and
serves with compassion. Renowned for providing exceptional patient care, St.
Michael's Hospital is a regional trauma centre and downtown Toronto's
designated trauma centre for adults.





For further information:

For further information: Julie Saccone, Media Relations, St. Michael's
Hospital, (416) 864-5047, sacconej@smh.toronto.on.ca; or Tia Waddling, Media
Relations, St. Michael's Hospital, (416) 864-5960

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