Owen Sound Hospital accredited with Stroke Distinction™ designation

This past November, Accreditation Canada was at Grey Bruce Health Services’ Owen Sound Hospital to assess the District Stroke Centre as part of an evaluation of the Southwestern Ontario Stroke Network (SWOSN). Stroke Distinction™ is an award of Accreditation Canada. It recognizes health organizations that demonstrate clinical excellence and an outstanding commitment to leadership in stroke care.

Accreditors assessed the following categories: Standards- Hyper acute, Acute and Inpatient Rehabilitation, Key Quality Indicators, Protocols and Education for People with Lived Experience of Stroke and their Families and/or Caregivers. With a score of 100% across all categories, the program was accredited with Stroke Distinction™ designation.

“We are incredibly pleased with the outcome of the recent accreditation of our District Stroke Centre,” said GBHS President and CEO Gary Sims. “Our program is committed to providing the highest quality of stroke care to our communities, and the results of this assessment prove that.”

The accreditor listed the following as strengths of the program:

· All clients are managed on dedicated stroke unit and prioritized
· Dedicated, skilled interdisciplinary team works collaboratively across the continuum; stroke coordinators support seamless and timely transitions
· Excellent example of patient-centered care and engagement
· Comprehensive patient and family education
· Data sharing
· Strong understanding of unique context of community and needs

More information on the District Stroke Centre is available on the GBHS website