Trillium Health Partners (THP) celebrated Canadian Patient Safety Week (Oct. 30 to Nov. 3) encouraging patients and health care providers to shine the light on patient safety by identifying ways of working together to create a safer environment for everyone.

The closing ceremonies included presentations of the fourth annual “Hazel McCallion, Quality in Health Care Awards” and the third annual “Advancing Patient Safety Award.” The honours recognize innovations that improve quality of care for patients throughout the past year at the hospital.

Improving care for seniors admitted to the mental health unit with behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia won the “Quality in Care Award – New Improvement” award. Using innovative regimens such as music therapy and decreasing the use of restraints and medications, re-admission rates for patients decreased from 3.2 per cent last year to zero per cent between January and July 2017.

The “Quality in Care Award – Sustained Improvement” was presented to “Putting Patients at the Heart: A Seamless Journey for Cardiac Surgery” at Mississauga Hospital. The program is an innovative partnership between THP and Saint Elizabeth Healthcare with the goal of a better transition from hospital to home for cardiac surgery patients.

“Standardizing Suicide Risk Screening” earned the “Advancing Patient Safety Award.” By adopting the “Columbia Suicide-Severity Rating Scale” as a screening tool, the initiative establishes a standard, efficient approach to help decrease suicide rates of post-discharge patients from the hospital’s Emergency Mental Health Zone. The rating scale, heralded as the most evidence-supported tool of its kind, is a simple series of questions that anyone can use anywhere in the world to prevent suicide.

Also this year, THP is the recipient of the Canada Patient Safety Institute “Innovations in Patient Safety Education Award.” “Power of a System,” recognizes its quality improvement module of the “Medical Psychiatry Collaborative-Care Certificate.”

“Trillium Health Partners’ staff and physicians are dedicated to providing a safe environment for every patient who walks through our doors,” said Alison Freeland, THP vice president, in a news release. “We strive for an exceptional experience for our patients and for them to have the best outcomes for their health. It’s part of our everyday safety culture.”

Comprised of the Credit Valley Hospital, Mississauga Hospital and Queensway Health Centre, THP is one of the largest community-based, acute-care facilities in Canada. THP is a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto and is an associate member of the Toronto Academic Health Science Network.

Last year, THP performed more than 63,000 surgeries, delivered more than 8,600 babies and cared for almost 271,000 patients in the emergency departments and Urgent Care Centre.

In the photo, “Advancing Patient Safety Award” winners: initiative leads Dean Henderson, Sue Stemeroff, Chalean Bates and Alison George with team Mary Ackie, Satinder Brar, Sarah Banbury, Dr. Ian Dawe and Jennifer Jones along with Hazel McCallion, Trillium Health Partners honorary guardian.