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Board gives OSMH Quality Improvement Plan green light

Monday, April 04, 2011

(Monday, April 4 - Orillia, ON)  – Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) doesn’t just want to meet provincial quality and safety targets – it wants to exceed them.


At last week’s Board of Director’s meeting, the Board approved a 2011-2012 Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) that will see OSMH focus on a number of safety, effectiveness, accessibility and patient focused targets that will improve the quality of care we deliver and safety for our staff.


“The QIP is a welcome new requirement under the province’s Excellent Care for all Act (ECFAA),” explains John Cameron, chair of the OSMH Board of Directors. “We welcome the Act as it helps the hospital achieve our goals of being known for patient and staff safety.”


Under the Act, all hospitals are required to establish quality committees and develop annual quality improvement plans that target the areas of safety, effectiveness, accessibility and patient focus. OSMH has had a very active, engaged committee for the past four years and will meet all the requirements.


The QIP consists of two parts, both of which will be available on our website at www.osmh.on.ca: a document that provides a brief overview of our quality improvement plan, including OSMH’s top priorities for the year; and a document that tracks our improvement targets and initiatives.


The board’s Quality and Safety Committee received input from staff, physicians and administrators to identify the areas where OSMH is doing well, and other areas where there is room for improvement. From there, targets were set which are reflected in the plan.


Furthermore, the act links hospital executive compensation to the achievement of targets set out in the quality improvement plan. This performance-based compensation is another requirement of the Excellent Care for All Act.


Priorities identified in the QIP include: hand hygiene; patient falls; the use of a safety checklist before surgery; the amount of time spent in the emergency department before getting an inpatient bed; patients needing an alternate level of care (ALC); and staff injuries.


The plan has been submitted to the Ontario Health Quality Council and NSM LHIN, and is available for review here.


Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) is located in Orillia, Ontario (just 114 kilometres north of Toronto) and serves more than 440,000 residents in North Simcoe Muskoka. OSMH provides a comprehensive range of programs and services, including medical, surgical and emergency care, dialysis, obstetrical and paediatric care, oncology, complex continuing care, mental health and rehabilitation services. While it remains Orillia’s community hospital, OSMH has a new role as a regional healthcare centre. For more information please visit our website at www.osmh.on.ca.




For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:


Terry Dyni

T: (705) 327-9179

E: tadyni@osmh.on.ca      

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