Ontario's Hospitals Working Towards Continuous Improvement - 2007 Hospital Reports Released

    TORONTO, Aug. 24 /CNW/ - Today, Ontario's Ministry of Health and
Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) and the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) released
its Hospital Report 2007 series. These reports outline the performance of 122
hospitals in acute care, rehabilitation, complex continuing care and emergency
care. A report on mental health care will be released at a later date.
    "Hospital Report provides Ontarians with information on the performance
of their local hospital," said Health and Long-Term Care Minister George
Smitherman. "The report findings also lead to the sharing of best practices
among hospitals, and that benefits all patients across the province."
    First published in 1997, Hospital Report is a joint initiative of the
MOHLTC and the OHA. It was developed by the Hospital Report Research
Collaborative at the University of Toronto and is now independently prepared
by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).
    "Hospital Report is the trusted gold standard in hospital performance
measurement," said OHA President and CEO Hilary Short. "It was developed by
experts for use in Ontario, its methodology is peer-reviewed and its data
collection methods are sound. As a result, hospital administrators can
confidently use this information to identify successes and implement the
strategies that will drive improvements."

    Key findings from the Hospital Report 2007 series include:

    -  There has been an increase in the number of acute care hospitals in
       Ontario implementing selected patient safety strategies over the past

    -  An increasing number of hospitals providing emergency care are
       developing and using standardized care guidelines.

    -  Over 90% of rehabilitation hospitals are using and sharing their
       patient satisfaction data with their management team, hospital staff
       and board committees in order to improve the client-centeredness of
       their care.

    -  Over the five year period from 2001-2002 to 2005-2006, the provincial
       average of chronic complex continuing care patients in daily physical
       restraints dropped by half (from 29.1% to 14.3%)

    "This series of reports has always been an important resource for Ontario
hospitals and the communities they serve," said CIHI President and CEO Glenda
Yeates. "To offer patients the very best quality of care, it is necessary to
constantly assess and re-evaluate the way services are delivered. The Hospital
Report 2007 series presents reliable information to help hospitals make sound
decisions and effectively manage their resources."
    The Hospital Report 2007 series is available on the following websites:
www.health.gov.on.ca., www.oha.com, www.cihi.ca and www.hospitalreport.ca.

For further information:

For further information: Ontario Hospital Association (OHA), Public
Affairs, Chris McPherson, (416) 205-1305, cmcpherson@oha.com; Ministry of
Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), Communications, A.G. Klei, (416) 326-6440;
The Canadian Institute for Healthcare Information (CIHI), Communications,
Christina Lawand, (613) 241-7860, clawand@cihi.ca

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