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March 19, 2014

Accreditation with Exemplary Standing for SickKids

Great news just in from Accreditation Canada! SickKids has been awarded Accreditation with Exemplary Standing, the highest standing possible from Accreditation Canada.

Every four years, SickKids undergoes an accreditation process by Accreditation Canada, an independent, not-for-profit organization that works with health-care organizations to help them evaluate and improve quality, safety and efficiency so they can offer the best possible care and service. Accreditation also provides recognition that an organization's services are meeting national standards of quality.

Accreditation Canada surveyors visited SickKids from October 7 to 11, 2013 to observe practices and processes and obtain feedback from staff, patients, families and community partners.

In their report, the surveyors highlighted SickKids’ many strengths and praised our programs, staff, services and culture. The surveyors evaluated SickKids on 2,415 different criteria, looking at everything from governance and leadership to infection control and clinical care. SickKids met 2,404 of these criteria (meeting 99.5 per cent of all criteria evaluated) and was fully compliant with all required organizational practices. SickKids was also recognized for 12 new leading practices. Accreditation Canada defines a leading practice as a noteworthy practice carried out by a health service organization that demonstrates innovation and creativity, and has a positive impact on services or outcomes for clients and families.

“A part of SickKids’ commitment to quality is to continuously identify opportunities for improvement to strengthen services to staff, patients and families and to deliver safe patient care,” says Jeff Mainland, Executive Vice-President, Strategy, Quality, Performance and Communications.  “Accreditation facilitates this commitment and helps us to create a better SickKids.”

SickKids is dedicated to improving health outcomes for children and their families in a compassionate, innovative, responsible and efficient manner. Learn more about performance and patient safety at SickKids.