University Health Network named recipient of the 2019 Excellence in Patient Safety Award

April 8, 2019

The Canadian College of Health Leaders is proud to announce that University Health Network’s Caring Safely Transformation Team was named recipient of the 2019 Excellence in Patient Safety Award.

In 2016, University Health Network (UHN) launched Caring Safely, an ambitious initiative to reduce preventable harm, in collaboration with the Hospital for Sick Children. Caring Safely represents UHN’s commitment to reduce preventable harm to zero for patients, caregivers, and staff through an organization-wide transformation to become a High Reliability Organization and Learning Health Organization.

After the first full year of broad implementation, UHN has prevented 239 cases of hospital acquired conditions, which is equivalent to avoided costs of $2.6 million and 1,250 avoided additional bed days. By preventing these 239 cases, UHN was able to treat 195 additional patients.

This Excellence in Patient Safety Award recognizes individuals and teams that are committed to improving patient safety practices within the healthcare environment, through leadership, culture, best practices, innovation and change management expertise.

The award is sponsored by BD Canada, one of the largest global medical technology companies in the world and is advancing the world of health by improving medical discovery, diagnostics and the delivery of care.

This award is part of our CCHL National Awards Program and will be presented at the Honouring Health Leadership event on June 9, 2019 in Toronto prior to the 2019 National Health Leadership Conference (NHLC).

For further information and/or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Christian Coulombe
Director, Marketing and Communications
Canadian College of Health Leaders
613-235-7218, ext. 213