OTTAWA, Sept. 20, 2011 /CNW/ - Accreditation Canada's 2011 Canadian Health Accreditation Report explores the role governance has in relation to quality and patient
safety in Canadian health services organizations.
Highlights from the report - Quality Starts at the Top: The Pivotal Role of the Governing Body - include:
Health organizations that excel in governance practice show
significantly better performance in patient safety, further emphasizing
the pivotal role boards play in enabling quality and safety.
Health organizations from all sectors and regions of the country,
participating in Accreditation Canada's accreditation program, show a
high level of compliance with the Governance Standards.
The greatest area for improvement is the need for governing bodies to
more regularly evaluate their own performance.
"Quality and safety for patients and staff within a health organization
hinge on a variety of factors, such as effective education and strong
leadership, to name a few," says Wendy Nicklin, President and CEO of
Accreditation Canada. "One of the most important factors is governance
and how the board contributes to strengthening quality and safety. We
delve into this and more in this year's Canadian Health Accreditation Report."
Accreditation Canada (www.accreditation.ca) is a not-for-profit organization that provides health organizations in
Canada and around the world with a comprehensive accreditation program.
The program uses evidence-informed standards and a rigorous peer review
process to improve quality and patient safety. Accredited by the
International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua), Accreditation
Canada has been assisting organizations in improving the quality of
health care for more than 50 years.
SOURCE Accreditation Canada
For further information:
Director, Strategic Communications
1-800-814-7769 ext. 301