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Southlake Regional Health Centre is proud to be designated a Best Practice Spotlight Organization

Southlake Regional Health Centre is proud to be designated a Best Practice Spotlight Organization

Nursing teams recognized by the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario for best practice guidelines implementation

Newmarket, Ontario – May 8, 2018 – Southlake Regional Health Centre is proud to honour its nursing staff during National Nursing Week from May 7 to 13 and is celebrating the achievement of the designation as a Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO) from the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario.

“I am thrilled to see this achievement for our dedicated nurses, and for our patients. We are always looking for ways to support our staff to provide great experiences for everyone who walks through our doors, and I am very proud to see Southlake achieve this internationally recognized designation. This great work will continue and these best practices help us to ensure we are offering patients the best care,” says Arden Krystal, president and CEO, Southlake Regional Health Centre.

In 2015, the work began as a BPSO pre-designate and now the hospital has completed the three-year journey and has been officially designated as a BPSO by the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO). Over the past three years, Southlake has developed almost 250 Best Practice Champions and implemented ten Best Practice Guidelines:

· Care Transitions

· Professionalism in Nursing

· Person and Family-Centred Care

· Care Giving Strategies for Older Adults with Delirium, Dementia and Depression

· Developing and Sustaining Interprofessional Health Care

· Nursing Care of Dynspnea: The Sixth vital sign in individuals with COPD

· Assessment and Management of Stage 1 to 4 Pressure Ulcers

· Ostomy Care and Management

· Assessment and Management of Pain

· Engaging Clients Who use Substances

These evidence-based guidelines promote and support quality care for patients and families. The guidelines also contribute to healthy work environments for staff and encourage the use of solid research in day-to-day practice.

First launched in 2003, with the support of the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care the BPSO initiative is an offshoot of the RNAO's Nursing Best Practice Guideline program, which began in November 1999 and has since spread across Canada and to countries around the world.

Media Contact:

Kathryn Perrier

About Southlake Regional Health Centre

Southlake Regional Health Centre is a full-service hospital with a regional, clinically advanced focus. As a regionally designated site, Southlake is responsible for developing and providing advanced levels of care to the more than one million people who reside in York Region, Simcoe County, and as far north as Muskoka. Advanced, specialty services include: arthritis care, cancer care, cardiac care, cataract surgery, child and adolescent eating disorders, mental health services for children, paediatrics and perinatal care, and thoracic surgery. Southlake is proud to have a team of over 3,000 employees, 580 physicians, and more than 900 volunteers. Combined with our commitment to provide the best possible care to patients, our goal is to make Southlake synonymous with healthcare excellence.

About Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation

Since the inception of Southlake Foundation in 1980, over $100 million dollars has been raised in support of Southlake Regional Health Centre. Working with members of the community, hundreds of volunteers, the Southlake Family and our incredible donors, Southlake Foundation will continue to support life-saving medical equipment, infrastructure upgrades and expansions, patient programs and staff education, all for the goal of transforming the lives of patients and families, close to home. For more information visit: www.southlakefoundation.ca


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