Bluewater Health releases Quality Improvement Plan

Bluewater Health has released its second annual Quality Improvement Plan (QIP), which takes effect April 1, 2012.

Hospitals’ QIPs, a requirement of the Excellent Care for All Act (ECFAA), are focused on five dimensions of quality: safety, effectiveness, accessibility, integrated, and patient-centered care.

Bluewater Health’s medical and clinical leaders reviewed the hospital’s performance relative to the 2011/2012 QIP and benchmarked against other peer hospitals and provincial expectations in identifying its priorities. The QIP for 2012/2013, aimed at improving quality, performance and public accountability, has been endorsed by Bluewater Health’s Board of Directors.

Goals for 2012/2013 continue to be focused on hand hygiene, infection prevention and control, falls prevention, wait times for emergency care and cancer surgery, patient outcomes, patient satisfaction and financial stability.

Dr. Mark Taylor, Interim Chief of Professional Staff; and Vice-President, Medical Affairs and Chief of Quality, Patient Safety and Risk Management said, “Making Bluewater Health more safe, effective, accessible, integrated, and patient- centered remain the goals of our Quality Improvement Plan. The plan contains specific indicators and targets for improvements, and outlines how these targets will be achieved. Our Board of Directors will continue to monitor performance against the targets that the organization is accountable for reaching.”

Bluewater Health’s improvement targets in its 2011-2012 Quality Improvement Plan were also aimed at hand hygiene, infection prevention and control, falls prevention, wait times for emergency and cancer surgery, patient outcomes, patient satisfaction and financial stability.

A Report on Progress against those goals will also be released to Health Quality Ontario today and will be available on its website www.ontario.ca/excellentcare in addition to the Bluewater Health website www.bluewaterhealth.ca.

The Report on Progress requires that we report our “Current Performance” according to certain prescribed data reporting periods which do not necessarily reflect the most recent, measured impact of our quality improvement initiatives. Bluewater Health will be updating progress against relevant performance measures on its website as new information becomes available (go to http://www.bluewaterhealth.ca/Performance_Reporting) .

Sue Denomy, President and CEO added, “Our mission is to create exemplary healthcare experiences for patients and families every time. The priorities in our QIP have not changed significantly, but some of our performance indicators and/or targets have. Our targets are higher this year, having reached our previous goals, because we continue to strive for ever higher levels of performance.”

Two percent (2%) of executives’ compensation at Bluewater Health will again be tied to achievement of key targets in the QIP and paid only if those targets are achieved by March 31, 2013.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, Chair Bruce Davies said, “Tying executive compensation to the achievement of goals related to quality is a sure sign that the Board and executive team share a commitment to performance, but it will take the entire organization’s focus to reach these challenging goals.”

 
 
 
 

To view Bluewater Health’s Quality Improvement Plan, visit www.bluewaterhealth.ca.

The plan is also provided annually to Health Quality Ontario. For more information on Health Quality Ontario, visit www.ontario.ca/excellentcare.

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