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Stevenson achieves Accreditation with Exemplary Status

Stevenson Memorial Hospital has achieved top honours from Accreditation Canada with an award of Accreditation with Exemplary Status - the highest rating a Canadian healthcare provider can receive. President and CEO Annette Jones announced the achievement at the hospital’s annual general meeting.

“The awarding of Exemplary Status reflects the excellence and dedication of our Board, staff, physicians and volunteers,” said Annette Jones, President and CEO. “I would like to applaud everyone at Stevenson for their commitment and effort to achieve this wonderful accomplishment.”

Stevenson hosted an Accreditation Canada review team last November and underwent a rigorous weeklong evaluation. In the initial report, a few areas were identified for improvement and the process allows a followup opportunity to address the area. The Board, staff, physicians and volunteers worked relentlessly over the past five months and submitted evidence of the steps taken to address the identified areas.

In addition to its revised standing, Stevenson’s overall compliance rate is now 98.8 percent.

“This level of award – Accreditation with Exemplary Standing - is solid evidence to our community of the strong, unwavering commitment and passion for excellence that our people show each and every day,” Jones said. “We have an incredible team and this award is a credit to their hard work, dedication and commitment to quality and patient safety.”

Accreditation Canada is an independent, not-for-profit organization that sets standards for quality and safety in health care and accredits health organizations in Canada and around the world. The rigorous process requires documented and operational evidence of compliance with over 2000 internationally recognized standards and required organizational practices, and examines eight dimensions of quality.

The review team conducted an extensive evaluation, including meetings with staff, physicians and volunteers from across the hospital as well as interviewing patients, families and community healthcare partners to evaluate the quality and effectiveness of the organization and its programs and services.

Many areas, including emergency, laboratory, Digital Imaging, Obstetrics and Operating Room scored 100 percent on all standards. Also, the partnership with area hospitals for the provision of orthopaedic surgeries was commended as “a viable model for other organizations of a similar size.”