Accreditation & Awards

Accreditation & Awards

A circle with the words Accredited With Exemplary Standing and a red ribbon.
Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) has achieved the highest level of recognition – Accredited with Exemplary Standing. During the four-day survey (November 2023), GBGH was evaluated based on nearly 2,100 standards, of which more than 99 percent were met, and 30 required organizational practices (ROPs), of which 100 percent were achieved.

Accreditation is an ongoing process of assessing health and social services organizations against standards of excellence to identify what is going well, in addition to opportunities for improvement. Hospitals across Canada volunteer to be assessed using Accreditation Canada’s standards to enhance quality and safety, reduce risk, increase efficiency and make better use of resources.

During the four-day survey held November 20 – 23, four healthcare experts from across Canada spent time with GBGH’s frontline teams and leaders to learn about all aspects of the hospital. Their insights will inform plans for the hospital over the next several years.

Particular strengths of GBGH noted during the survey include the dedication of the staff and professional staff; safety rounds and quality plans which provide a standard approach across the hospital; engagement with patients and family members in planning and decision-making; relationships with community partners; medication safety framework; and the hospital’s falls prevention program.

Accreditation is a voluntary assessment process conducted by Accreditation Canada – an independent, not-for-profit Canadian organization – which evaluates more than 1,100 Canadian organizations across the entire spectrum of healthcare. During accreditation, all aspects of the organization are assessed based on best practices, to identify what the organization does well and what needs to be improved.

GBGH was last surveyed in 2019 and achieved the result of Accredited with Exemplary Standing for meeting 98 percent of standards and 100 percent of ROPs.

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Accreditation Canada delivers a wide range of high-impact assessment programs for health and social services organizations. Accreditation Canada works with more than 900 expert peer surveyors with extensive health care and social services experience and training in its customized, continuous assessment program. For more information on Accreditation Canada,  visit Accreditation Canada