KGH captures silver in 2011 Quality Healthcare Workplace Awards

Monday, November 7, 2011

Kingston General Hospital (KGH) has received a silver award in the 2011 Quality Healthcare Workplace Awards created last year by the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care - HealthForceOntario.
KGH was among 37 hospitals and healthcare organizations recognized for their efforts to improve their workplaces in ways that contribute to employees’ quality of work life and the quality of the care and services they deliver. The awards were presented at the OHA’s annual HealthAchieve 2011 conference in Toronto on November 7.
“I’m extremely proud that KGH is being recognized for our ongoing efforts to support a quality workplace,” says President and CEO Thompson. “We are working to have KGH designated one of the best places to work and this award demonstrates we are moving ahead in the right direction.”
The awards acknowledge an organization’s strategies to maximize the health and well being of healthcare providers, the quality of patient outcomes and organizational performance.
KGH’s award submission highlighted a range of initiatives including the hospital’s efforts to transform the patient and family experience, the new collaborative model of care, the Be REAL code of conduct, wellness promotion and reductions in sick time and musculoskeletal injury rates.
“We have made significant progress over the past few years to create a safe and healthy workplace for everyone who works, learns or volunteers at KGH,” says Thompson. “We know we still have work to do but we are pleased to be recognized for what we have accomplished so far.”
KGH will closely evaluate the results, as well as those of other participating to stimulate additional self-evaluation, learning and improvement.