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SMH Awarded Exemplary Standing in 2021 Accreditation Program

[New Tecumseth, ON – January 5, 2022] Stevenson Memorial Hospital (SMH) has been awarded Exemplary Standing status by Accreditation Canada after recently completing their Accreditation review with the organization. This is the highest standing that is awarded by Accreditation Canada which SMH also received in 2016.

Accreditation Canada is an independent, not-for-profit organization that sets standards for quality and safety in health care, accrediting health organizations in Canada and around the world.

“I am incredibly proud of our organization which continues to shine under challenging circumstances,” says Jody Levac, President and CEO, SMH. “Our team pulled together in 2021 amongst the COVID-19 pandemic to complete this critical program, showcasing their dedication to quality health care services and best practices related to patient safety.”

In November, 2021 a team of Accreditation Canada surveyors visited SMH and participated in tours, interviews with staff, documentation reviews and met with patients, families, and community partners to aid in their evaluation of the hospital. Their final report included that SMH had met 98.5% per cent of the criteria evaluated, which is an increase from 96.3% of criteria met in 2016.

SMH was noted to have excelled in the areas of COVID-19 pandemic management, implementation of their Health Information System (HIS – SHINE project), health information – Patient Connect portal, redevelopment progress, growth in staffing/leadership roles and overall caring committed staff, physicians and leaders.

“I thank everyone who participated in this process to help us achieve this honour and I know SMH will continue to provide the highest quality of health care services to our community in need,” says Levac.