VANCOUVER, BC – DECEMBER 13, 2012 – Canuck Place Children’s Hospice was accredited with Exemplary Standing by Accreditation Canada; the highest level of accreditation granted to healthcare organizations, following an assessment of the quality of its services with nationally accepted standards.
“The team at Canuck Place Children’s Hospice is committed 365 days a year to delivering world-class care to children and families across BC,” said Margaret McNeil, Chief Executive Officer at Canuck Place. “We are grateful to the community of donors and partners who support our commitment to critical, safe and high-quality care for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.”
Accreditation Canada is an independent, not-for-profit organization that sets standards for quality and safety in health care and it accredits health organizations in Canada and around the world. Organizations that are accredited by Accreditation Canada undergo a rigorous evaluation process. Following a comprehensive self-assessment, trained surveyors from other accredited health organizations conduct an on-site survey to evaluate the organization’s performance against Accreditation Canada’s standards of excellence.
Canuck Place programs and services were assessed during a three day on-site survey through the following sets of standards: governance; customized leadership; infection prevention and control; hospice, palliative and end-of-life services; and customized management of medications. Canuck Place was assessed against national standards comprising of almost 400 applicable criteria and met all the required organizational practices.
“This accomplishment is cause for celebration,” said Wendy Nicklin, President and CEO of Accreditation Canada. “The warmth and professionalism of the whole team as well as their flexibility and commitment to quality and safety led to a decision of which they should be proud.”
The report issued by Accreditation Canada identified many of Canuck Place’s strengths including responsiveness to change, new challenges and the inclination toward innovation as contributing factors to its recognition as a leader in the field of pediatric palliative care. Research, best practices and knowledge exchange were identified as strategic priorities and there is strong evidence that focus and effort are being applied to these areas.
Canuck Place Children’s Hospice provides a comprehensive continuum of care to over 400 children with life-threatening illnesses and their families throughout British Columbia. The unique program offers world-class pediatric palliative care within a home-like environment and year-round 24-hour consultation support. With caring, professional staff and over 350 volunteers, it is a place for children and families to come in their time of need. Canuck Place is currently building a second hospice in Abbotsford, British Columbia, to better meet the growing need for pediatric palliative care services across the province.
Accreditation Canada www.accreditation.ca is a not-for-profit, independent organization accredited by the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua). Accreditation Canada provides national and international health care organizations with an external peer review process, standards and tools to assess and improve the services they provide to their patients and clients based on national standards. Accreditation Canada’s programs and guidance have helped organizations promote quality health care for over 50 years.