What is Accreditation?

Accreditation is a continually evolving process, which enables us to evaluate and improve the quality of our services through peer review and self-assessment. It accurately assesses how our services meet national standards of care and quality. Accreditation Canada has deemed that in order to have quality care, you must have safe care. In 2009, Accreditation Canada determined the Brant Community Healthcare System exceeds the national compliance rates for hospital Quality Dimensions & Standards by up to 32% in all categories and achieves all Required Organizational Practices for patient safety compared to national compliance rates that dropped as low as 37% in some categories. For the 2011 on-site survey, the BCHS was required to meet 34 Required Organizational Practices in order to be an Accredited facility. The accreditation took place on-site from February 27 to March 4, 2011. The BCHS successfully completed the full accreditation.

Why Participate in Accreditation?

Accreditation is one of the ways in which the BCHS publicly demonstrates accountability and our ongoing commitment to quality improvement to our patients and community. Certain organizations such as Colleges and Universities require that their partners are accredited organizations i.e. being accredited ensures that we can continue to benefit from student, resident/intern placement, as well as, provide some specialty services.

Benefits of Accreditation

  • Educational process that benefits staff, patients, families, community
  • Provides valuable advice from Accreditation surveyors
  • Improves communication and collaboration within the organization
  • It increases our credibility with patients, communities, funding sources and partners
  • Helps demonstrate accountability

Who is Accreditation Canada?

Accreditation Canada, (formerly the Canadian Council for Health Services Accreditation) is a major national accrediting body across all health sectors in Canada. It is now known as Accreditation Canada. Their mission is to help healthcare organizations to improve quality of services. It is an independent, non-governmental, non-profit organization founded in 1958.

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