Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) has been awarded Accreditation with Exemplary Standing status following a recent review by Accreditation Canada.
The specialty mental health hospital has maintained Accreditation with Exemplary Standing since first achieving that status in 2013.
"I am tremendously proud of everyone at Ontario Shores for their contributions in helping our organization earn this prestigious status,” noted Ontario Shores President and CEO Karim Mamdani.
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.
Accreditation with Exemplary Standing is awarded to an organization that attains the highest level of performance, achieving excellence in meeting the requirements of the accreditation program.
A team of Accreditation Canada surveyors visited Ontario Shores in October, 2021. After a week of intense team interviews, tours, documentation reviews, and conversations with patients, families, and community partners, the surveyors provided a final report evaluating Ontario Shores' ability to meet Accreditation Canada's standards. Ontario Shores met more than 99 per cent of the criteria.
Accreditation Canada's final report highlighted Ontario Shores as an emerging leader in the Canadian health system which leverages business intelligence tools to make a difference for patients and providers. They also noted the organization’s ability to engage patients and families as well as the professional pride of employees who call Ontario Shores home.
“Like many healthcare organizations we have been challenged like never before as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Mamdani. “This recognition from Accreditation Canada represents the collective dedication and relentlessness of our people who never pause in the delivery of quality mental health care.”
Accreditation Canada's accreditation program that was introduced in 2008 to incorporate the latest research and evidence and feedback from clients, surveyors, board members and staff in defining priorities that include performance, risk prevention planning, client safety, performance measurement, and governance.
About Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences:
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) is a leader in mental health care, providing a spectrum of specialized assessments and treatment services for people living with complex mental illness. Patients benefit from a recovery-oriented environment of care, build on compassion, inspiration and hope. Ontario Shores engages in research, education and advocacy initiatives to advance the mental health care system.
For further information: Darryl Mathers, Communications Officer, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, 905-430-4055 ext. 6583, Cell: 905-435-8623, @email