For Immediate Release – Monday, November 20, 2017
SMITHS FALLS, ON – The Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital (PSFDH) has received a report card that the community can be very proud of. We are pleased to announce that PSFDH has achieved “Accreditation with Exemplary Standing”, the highest level of excellence award, based on the recent on-site survey by Accreditation Canada.
Accreditation Canada’s survey, conducted every four years, is a thorough review of all areas and departments of PSFDH involving not only staff members and physicians, but our patient and family advisors, community partners, volunteers and Board members, all of whom are integral to the ongoing success of the hospital. During the survey period the surveyors also consulted with numerous patients and family members in coming to their overall assessment.
This recognition by Accreditation Canada affirms PSFDH’s commitment to providing the highest quality patient- and family-centered healthcare, now and in the future. We can all be proud of this organization at the heart of our community.
The three-day onsite survey took place the week of October 16, 2017 during which the hospital’s performance was evaluated against national criteria that validate excellence. The surveyors assessed close to 2000 required organizational practices and standards.
“The Accreditation Canada surveyors indicated to us at the conclusion of our survey that we share the distinction of achieving such a near perfect score with very few other organizations in Canada,” noted Dr. Kate Stolee, Chief of Staff.
“They were particularly impressed with our commitment to patient and family centered care. This philosophy really comes to life through our staff, physicians and our volunteers as well. The surveyors saw our commitment to continuous improvement in action and I believe that was a huge factor in achieving such an amazing result,” said Bev McFarlane, President & CEO. McFarlane also credits everyone at PSFDH. “It is very much a shared success,” she stated.
“The Board of Directors has always been extremely proud of this organization, and particularly of the individuals contributing to its success and it was incredibly heartwarming to hear and see how the experts could see it especially given their extensive experience,” said Donna Howard, Chair, Hospital Board of Directors.
About Accreditation Canada:
Accreditation Canada is an independent, not-for-profit, 100% Canadian organization that consults with experts to develop health care standards. Their clients are diverse health care and social services organizations, including hospitals, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, clinics, and community health programs. They have been helping our clients improve health care quality and safety for over 55 years.
The Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital (the “Hospital”) is a fully accredited acute care health care organization located on two state-of-the-art sites. The hospital is situated in the heart of the Rideau Canal region and proudly provides health services to more than 44,000 people in the surrounding communities. The hospital delivers a broad range of primary and secondary services and programs such as emergency care, diagnostic imaging, obstetrics, general and specialty surgical services, dialysis as well as laboratory and infection control services.
For more information contact:
Donna Howard Beverley McFarlane, RN, BScN, MA
Chair, Board of Directors President & CEO
Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital
613-283-2330 ext. 1110