Tuesday, June 6, 2023

CKHA accredited with ‘Distinction in Stroke Services’

Accreditation Canada’s Stroke DistinctionTM program has accredited the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance with ‘Distinction in Stroke Services’ for 2022 to 2026.

Hospital officials say Stroke DistinctionTM is a program that recognizes organizations that demonstrate clinical excellence and outstanding commitment to leadership in stroke care.

The accreditation process helps healthcare organizations improve on various levels, including quality and safety, communication and collaboration, leading practices and accountability.

As a site of the Southwestern Ontario Stroke Network, CKHA was one of nine stroke centres that had applied for the Stroke DistinctionTM award.

“I am extremely proud of our entire team across the continuum of stroke care at CKHA for their outstanding work and dedication to the provision of best practice stroke care,” said Lori Marshall, President and CEO, CKHA, in a media release.

“This achievement speaks volumes to their commitment in enhancing stroke care and improving outcomes for patients and families.”

During a one-day visit in November 2022, an accreditation surveyor reviewed and evaluated CKHA’s programs and services through dialogue with staff, physicians, volunteers, patient advisors, patients and families.

Information was gathered on topics such as how CKHA plans, monitors, manages and resources stroke services, as well as how the organization collaborates with other community service partners to support patients and families.

CKHA met 100 per cent of the standards and expectations evaluated by Accreditation Canada during the on-site survey.

To determine the award of Stroke Distinction, Accreditation Canada verifies:

– The degree of compliance with Acute and Rehabilitation Standards

– The achievement of Key Quality Indicator Thresholds through data submissions

– The implementation of stroke protocols

– The commitment to excellence and innovation

– The commitment to education for those with lived experience of stroke

Developed in partnership with the Heart & Stroke Foundation Canada, Stroke DistinctionTM was created to help organizations improve care and outcomes for patients and families, hospital officials say.

It mitigates risk and reduces the high cost of errors, it recognizes exceptional care delivery, and supports patients and families in their stroke journey knowing they’re receiving high quality stroke care.

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