Accreditation is a comprehensive self-assessment, conducted by external peer surveyors from Accreditation Canada. They conduct a site visits, on-site survey and staff interviews during which they assess an organization's leadership, governance, clinical programs and services against Accreditation Canada requirements for quality and safety. These requirements include national standards of excellence; required safety practices to reduce potential harm; and questionnaires to assess the work environment, patient safety culture, governance functioning and client experience. Results from all of these components are included in a report and are considered in the accreditation decision.
Central Health is the second largest health region in the province, serving a population of approximately 94,000 and offering a full continuum of health care services. Central Health has a geographical area encompassing more than half the total land mass of the island.
Central Health provides primary, secondary, long term care, community health and some enhanced secondary services. These services are provided through a number of health centres, long term care facilities and two regional referrals centres. There are 818 beds throughout the Central region comprised of 247 acute care, 518 long term care, 15 palliative care, 5 respite, 5 restorative and 28 bassinets.
Central Health had consecutive surveys conducted in September of 2018 and September 2019. In 2018 Accreditation Canada reviewed all the service standards and met 95.9% compliance of 2685 Standards. The survey for 2019 was specifically based on the Leadership and Governance Standards in which Central Health met 99.6% compliance of 231 Standards.
Central Health's accreditation status is currently rated as “Accredited with Report” by Accreditation Canada in October 2019. This means that the majority of standards were met, with recommendations for improvement within a specified timeline. Central Health was able to fulfill those requirements within the required timeframe and the evidence submitted met Accreditation Canada.
Below is the most recent copy of the Accreditation Canada Report for Central Health.
In May 2013, Central Health's accreditation status was escalated to the next level and Central Health was Accredited with Commendation by Accreditation Canada. Central Health achieved a 95.9 per cent compliancy of eligible criteria for standards of excellence and originally received the designation Accredited (Report). This means that the majority of standards were met, with recommendations for improvement within a specified timeline. Central Health was able to fulfill those requirements within the required timeframe and the evidence submitted met Accreditation Canada's criteria for the next level of accreditation. In 2012 Accreditation Canada surveyed 1,066 health and social services organizations, 23 per cent of those were Accredited with Commendation.
Below is the May 2013 copy of the Accreditation Canada Report for Central Health.