Stanton Territorial Hospital receives accreditation for another four years

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YELLOWKNIFE (November 19, 2014) – Minister of Health and Social Services Glen Abernethy announced today thatStanton Territorial Health Authority (STHA) has  received accreditation for the next four years under Accreditation Canada’sQmentum accreditation program.

“Stanton Territorial Health Authority had to meet the high standards set by Accreditation Canada and underwent a rigorous review to receive accreditation,” said Minister Glen Abernethy. “The standards look at governance, leadership, infection prevention and control, medication management and specific types of services, conditions, and populations. By going through this process, we continue to improve the overall performance of the health system and, more importantly, the health outcomes of our patients.”

Accreditation Canada is an independent, not-for-profit organization that sets standards for quality and safety in health care and accredits health organizations in Canada and around the world.  Following a comprehensive self-assessment, trained surveyors from accredited health organizations conduct an on-site survey to evaluate the organization’s performance against Accreditation Canada’s standards of excellence.

In September 2014, an Accreditation Canada survey team met with patients, staff, the Public Administrator and various stakeholders to review Stanton’s operations and compliance with accreditation standards.   The accreditation report indicated that Stanton is in compliance with 91.3% of the applicable Accreditation Canada standards. Of the unmet standards, 65.9% are not considered high priority by Accreditation Canada.   As part of the accreditation report, STHA is required to provide evidence of compliance with several of the unmet standards.

“Congratulations to all the staff and physicians working at Stanton,” said Minister Abernethy “The Government of the Northwest Territories is committed to meeting the healthcare needs of NWT residents now and for the future. The hard work put into providing safe, high quality health services is part of our ongoing efforts to deliver on that commitment and should be celebrated and commended.”

Beaufort Delta Health and Social Services Authority, Fort Smith Health and Social Services Authority and Hay River Health and Social Services all received accreditation in 2012 and will be going through the process again in 2016.

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Damien Healy
Manager, Planning and Communications
Department of Health and Social Services
Tel: (867) 920-8927