Whitehorse General Hospital Recieves Accreditation

WHITEHORSE - The Whitehorse General Hospital (WGH) has received its three-year Accreditation with Condition from Accreditation Canada.  The accreditation was announced today by Hospital Chief Executive Officer Joe MacGillivray and Board Chair, Craig Tuton.

"Everyone who works at WGH is responsible for this success and should be very proud of this accomplishment", said Tuton. "Being granted a full three year accreditation indicates that WGH has achieved the highest possible standard of care and clearly demonstrates that the hospital is continuing to examine and improve the quality of care and service we provide to Yukoners."

MacGillivray said, "WGH performed very well during the recent Accreditation Canada survey. Overall, we were in compliance with 91% of the measures across the 15 standards that were assessed."

Accreditation with Condition means that while WGH is accredited, there are some areas where improvements need to continue. WGH will be striving to meet this condition over the next few months.

Whitehorse General Hospital was also recognized for three leading practices which acknowledge innovation and creativity in Canadian Health Care Delivery. Leading practices are commendable or exemplary organizational practices that demonstrate high quality leadership and service delivery. Accreditation Canada considers these practices worthy of recognition as organizations strive for excellence in their specific field, or commendable for what they contribute to health care as a whole. The three leading practices recognized at WGH include our First Nation Health Programs, the Integrated Quality Management model, and the Pharmacy Distribution Centre for the Yukon Territory.

The Accreditation Survey Team was very complimentary about the staff, the hospital, and the care provided at WGH.

The hospital's next accreditation review will be in 2014.

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