Georgian Bay General measures up
Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) has achieved 95.8% of Accreditation Canada’s standards for excellence. Of the more than 1,900 applicable standards tested by Accreditation Canada, 1,886 were met.
Accreditation is the voluntary process by which hospitals evaluate their performance against national standards. The external peer review provides an assessment and improvement opportunities based on standards of excellence.
“I am very proud of the team here at GBGH,” Interim President and CEO Barb Guidolin said. “We received perfect and near perfect scores in many areas. GBGH has put a very strong emphasis on quality improvement and patient safety over the last several years and I believe this accreditation proved we are going in the right direction.”
The accreditation process began with self-assessment on-line surveys, involving, staff, board members and focus groups over many months. A five-member team of health care professionals surveyors visited the hospital’s two sites in November to complete the process. The surveyors looked at all aspects of the organization, reviewing documents; interviewing teams representing leadership, support and patient services; touring the facilities and holding focus groups and impromptu conversations with patients, staff, board members and community partners.
The surveyors described the organization’s strengths as: staff commitment; strong board of directors; huddles and compliance with them; standard work philosophy; strong medical leadership.
The surveyors made special mention of the housekeeping team for the safe and clean environment at GBGH and the volunteers for being the frontline warriors of a very robust hand hygiene program.
They also commended the organization for successfully bringing together the two sites following integration and a very successful branding exercise that resulted in the new name and logo for the hospital.
Georgian Bay General Hospital is a 116-bed hospital with sites in Midland and Penetanguishene.