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July 31, 2013

Sharing knowledge, improving health care around the globe

Renfrew Victoria Hospital hosted a small group of international delegates on July 16 as part of an Accreditation Canada Knowledge Exchange Day.

“Our hospital was very pleased to be selected by Accreditation Canada International to host this delegation,” comments Randy Penney, President and CEO of the hospital. “RVH is very proud of our longstanding relationship with Accreditation Canada and pleased to be able to demonstrate how accreditation has improved the quality of care for our patients and their families.”

Dr. Mohamaed Salah Ben from Tunisia, Jorien Soethout and Kees van Dunn both from the Netherlands spent the day with Penney, who is also a Surveyor with Accreditation Canada, Christine Ferguson (Vice President of Patient Care Services at RVH and Surveyor with Accreditation Canada) along with other representatives from RVH as they presented an overview of the organization and explained their approach to the accreditation process.

In the afternoon the group toured the busy dialysis unit and presented a mock accreditation survey.

Ferguson says the opportunity to share our knowledge related to the current accreditation process with health professionals from other countries who are just entering into the quementum standards that we follow was valuable for both parties. “The Knowledge Exchange Day provided our staff and physicians the opportunity to speak about how we prepare for the accreditation process and how accreditation helps us to determine our quality improvement path at RVH.”

Conny Adam Menger, the Executive Director Client Relations with Accreditation Canada International attended the session in Renfrew and says, “This visit added tremendous value to their knowledge and experience of how we conduct the accreditation survey; and also the ongoing value of the accreditation process to a health care organization.”

The presenters consistently linked back to positive outcomes to the accreditation process and standards, Adam Menger notes; “and references to the fact that accreditation drives many of the significant improvements in our health care system was much appreciated by the group.”

Accreditation Canada is a national non-profit organization that provides an external peer-review process to assess and improve the services that health institutions provide to their patients and clients, based on standards of excellence.

The accreditation process emphasizes health system performance, risk prevention planning, and client safety, as well as performance measurement and governance.

RVH will undergo its three-year accreditation later this year. The hospital met all of the required organizational practices (ROPs) for patient safety in 2010.

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For more information, please contact:
Randy Penney, President and CEO,
Renfrew Victoria Hospital
613-432-4851, ext. 260

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