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An OSMH first – Hospital awarded Exemplary Standing from Accreditation Canada

8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM

(August 23, 2013 - Orillia, ON) – For the first time in Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital’s (OSMH) history, the hospital has been awarded the highest possible rating from Accreditation Canada – Accredited with Exemplary Standing.


The result stemmed from a weeklong visit to OSMH by a team of Accreditation Canada surveyors in March 2013 that saw the hospital meet 97% of nearly 2,000 standards. 


“This is a tremendous accomplishment that everyone in our organization contributed to and can take great pride and ownership,” said Elisabeth Riley, OSMH President and CEO.


“It’s a significant milestone in our ongoing journey towards safety and quality improvement.  We recognize too that the standards we are measured against today are constantly changing and our efforts to maintain this level must continue.”


Riley also commented that achieving this level of success during times of fiscal restraint should be acknowledged, and that enhancing quality is still possible when changes are being made.


Accreditation Canada evaluates hospitals by comparing their performance against national standards of excellence, examining all aspects of healthcare delivery.  Following an on-site survey, which occurs once every three to four years, hospitals are awarded one of four accreditation decisions:  Not Accredited, Accredited, Accredited with Commendation, or Accredited with Exemplary Standing.  OSMH previously held the decision of Accredited.  


“This achievement demonstrates your organization’s determination and commitment to ongoing quality improvement,” wrote Suzanne Larocque, Chair of the Accreditation Decision Committee.


“We applaud your leadership, staff, and accreditation team members for their efforts and dedication to the provision of safe, quality health services.”


The hospital’s next Accreditation survey is set for 2017. 


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. For more information please visit our website at www.osmh.on.ca.


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For more information, please contact:


Terry Dyni, Director, Community Relations

Tel.: 705-327-9179

E-mail: tadyni@osmh.on.ca

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