Bluewater Health charges ahead with quality improvement plan

Wednesday, April 04, 2012 – HIROC NOW News

Natalie Hamilton

Elevating infection prevention and control practices and reducing falls are two priorities for Bluewater Health as it moves forward on its path to enhance patient safety and care quality.

The Sarnia, Ont. hospital is also focusing on improving proper hand-hygiene regimes, reducing wait times for emergency care and cancer surgery and boosting patient outcomes.

The objectives roll out of the hospital’s second annual quality improvement plan (QIP), which took effect April 1.

QIPs are a requirement of the Excellent Care for All Act in Ontario and target increased safety, effectiveness, access and patient satisfaction.

The QIP provides Bluewater with the opportunity to zero in on specific indicators and targets for improvement and follow guidelines to achieve those objectives, says Dr. Mark Taylor, Bluewater’s interim chief of professional staff, vice-president of medical affairs and chief of quality, patient safety and risk management.

“Making Bluewater Health more safe, effective, accessible, integrated and patient-centred remain the goals of our (QIP),” Taylor says.

“Our board of directors will continue to monitor performance against the targets that the organization is accountable for reaching.”

Bluewater Health’s medical and clinical leaders reviewed the hospital’s performance relative to last year’s QIP and benchmarked it against other peer hospitals and provincial expectations to determine its priorities.

The hospital will continue to focus on improving financial stability and increasing patient satisfaction.

“Our mission is to create exemplary healthcare experiences for patients and families every time,” notes Bluewater president and CEO Sue Denomy.

She says while the priorities in the QIP haven’t changed significantly from last year’s plan, some of the performance indicators and targets have.

“Our targets are higher this year, having reached our previous goals, because we continue to strive for ever higher levels of performance,” says Denomy.

Bluewater released its report on progress against last year’s goals to Health Quality Ontario April 1.

To view Bluewater Health’s Quality Improvement Plan, click here.

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