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PNHR Achieves Best-Ever Accreditation Report

July 24, 2013

Prairie North Health Region (PNHR) has achieved its best-ever report from Accreditation Canada, toward meeting national standards for quality and safety in health care and service.

Accreditation Canada has advised that Prairie North is Accredited under the Qmentum accreditation program.

“This is a milestone to be celebrated,” states the Region's decision letter from Accreditation Canada. “We congratulate you and your team for your commitment to providing safe, high quality health services,” the letter adds. The Accreditation report goes on to say that PNHR “has succeeded in meeting the fundamental requirements of the accreditation program.”

“We are extremely pleased with these results,” said Bonnie O'Grady, Chairperson of Prairie North Regional Health Authority. “Our health region truly is committed to continually improving the quality and safety of the health care and services we provide. We are thrilled that Accreditation Canada has once again recognized our achievements and identified areas where we can further improve.”

“Full credit for this achievement goes to our highly skilled, dedicated team of health care and service professionals throughout our organization,” O'Grady added.

The Accreditation Report identifies the Region's strengths as interdisciplinary team work in all program and service areas; focus on planning and delivery of care and service throughout the organization; community partnerships and collaborative relationships; a dedicated, high functioning, and cohesive Board of Directors; and a talented, committed leadership team dedicated to health system transformation through the Saskatchewan Lean Management System.

Areas for improvement include revitalizing the Region's ethics framework for addressing ethical issues and decision-making; re-invigorating the performance appraisal process to ensure that appraisals are completed for all staff; and establishing a formal process for identifying and analyzing actual and potential risks for the organization.

Prairie North CEO David Fan noted that the Region met 92% of all criteria for the 22 standards on which the organization was assessed. Of the 37 Required Organizational Practices (ROPs), 29 were fully met, and the remaining eight were partially met.

“We are already working to fully meet the requirements of the eight outstanding ROPs and will report on our progress by the end of October to Accreditation Canada,” said Fan. “I am confidently optimistic that we will soon be in full compliance with these outstanding requirements, as we continue our ongoing journey to achieve our mission of ‘the safest and best possible care, experience, and health' for Prairie North Health Region residents and all those we serve,” concluded Fan.

The ‘Accredited' designation follows an on-site survey of the Region May 27–31, 2013 during which a team of eight Accreditation Canada external peer surveyors assessed Prairie North's leadership, governance, clinical programs and services against Accreditation Canada requirements for quality and safety. These requirements include national standards of excellence; required safety practices to reduce potential harm; and questionnaires to assess the work environment, patient safety culture, governance functioning, and client experience.

This year's survey is the fourth for Prairie North Health Region since its inception in August 2002 and the fourth time PNHR has been granted Accredited status.


For a print version of the news release, click here.

For more information, contact:
Linda Lewis
PNHR Communications Officer

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