Nova Scotia Health Authority pleased with first-ever Accreditation Canada results

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HALIFAX, N.S. -- On Nov. 23, Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) received notice from Accreditation Canada that it has been Accredited with report.

As an organization, NSHA has succeeded in meeting the fundamental requirements of the accreditation program and overall met 92.9 per cent of Accreditation Canada criteria. This decision is the result of on-site visits in late October by a team of 30 surveyors who visited locations across the province.

“Given that this is the first time our province-wide health organization has been surveyed and accredited and our organization is only in its third year, we are very pleased with the decision,” said NSHA President and CEO Janet Knox. “We know we have additional work to do and we will use the recommendations provided by the surveyors to help move our quality improvement efforts forward.” 

Accreditation with report means additional evidence and reports must be submitted to Accreditation Canada over the coming year in order to retain the decision. The areas of focus for those reports will include transfer of information between units and departments, client identification practices, medication reconciliation and use, falls and suicide prevention strategies, as well as patient flow.

The report notes a number of strengths observed by the surveyors, including the enormous progress achieved since NSHA began in April 2015. The team recognized the commitment of dedicated leaders, employees, physicians and volunteers across the entire organization and indicated there is a solid vision for the future of health and wellness in Nova Scotia.
 
The full Accreditation Canada report is available online at: http://www.nshealth.ca/files/2017nshaaccreditationreportpdf
 
NOTE TO MEDIA: Tim Guest, Vice-President of Integrated Health Services Program Care and Chief Nursing Officer of Nova Scotia Health Authority, will be available in person for an interview scrum today, Nov. 30, starting at 12:30 p.m. inside NSHA's provincial offices, located in Suite 201 at 90 Lovett Lake Court in Halifax. Please RSVP to NSHA senior media relations advisor Kristen Lipscombe by email at kristen.lipscombe@nshealth.ca or by cell phone at 902-478-9736 .

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Media Contact:
Kristen Lipscombe
Senior Advisor, Media Relations
Cell: 902-478-9736 
Provincial Media Line: 1-844-483-3344 
kristen.lipscombe@nshealth.ca
www.nshealth.ca

About Nova Scotia Health Authority
Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) provides health services to Nova Scotians and a wide array of specialized services to Atlantic Canadians. NSHA operates hospitals, health centres and community-based programs across the province. Our team of health professionals includes employees, doctors, researchers, learners and volunteers. We work in partnership with community groups, schools, governments, foundations and auxiliaries and community health boards. Visit www.nshealth.ca for more.