Published On: February 7, 2020
St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital (STEGH) has achieved Accreditation with Exemplary Standing – the highest rating a health care organization in Canada can receive.
In June, STEGH hosted a team of peer surveyors from Accreditation Canada – an independent organization that sets standards for quality and safety in health care. The Accreditation process included an extensive evaluation across the entire hospital, as well as interviews with patients and health care partners to evaluate the quality and effectiveness of the organization and its programs and services.
“At STEGH, Accreditation is part of our continuous quality improvement program,” says Robert Biron, President and CEO. “Being quality focused and enhancing the patient experience is well established into our culture throughout the hospital.”
Over the four-day period, STEGH was assessed on over 2,400 standards and scored an overall rating of 99.9 per cent. The hospital also met all 33 required organizational practices that focus on patient safety.
The Accreditation Canada seal not only indicates with certainty that staff are committed to meeting standards to deliver safe, high quality care, but also recognizes STEGH as among the best hospitals in Canada in delivering patient centered care.
The STEGH Board of Directors is equally proud of the Accreditation achievement. “This award is a credit to the hard work, dedication and commitment of everyone at STEGH,” says Cathy Crane, Board Chair. “Residents of St. Thomas and Elgin County are very fortunate to have a hospital in our community that provides such high quality care and services. I am honoured to be part of such an incredible organization.”
STEGH’s next Accreditation will take place in 2023.