3M Health Care Quality Team Awards


The Award

This award recognizes four important elements: innovation, quality, patient/family engagement and teamwork.

The winning team in each category will receive a certificate of recognition, paid travel and accommodation for one individual to attend the awards presentation, and a complimentary registration to the National Health Leadership Conference. A $1,000 allowance will be made available for local celebrations. Both the College and 3M Canada will provide communications support for the awards.

Please note: some of the benefits related to the 3M awards have changed for 2020 and are now updated on the award webpage and award template.


Awards will be given in two categories:

  • Quality improvement initiative(s) within an organization: This category honours quality improvement initiatives within a single site, or multi-site organization, focused on a single issue/aspect of care.
  • Quality improvement initiative(s) across a health system: This category honours quality improvement initiatives focussed on health system redesign resulting in transitions and/or integration across the continuum of care, between two or more organizations, service networks or partners.

Administrative and operational teams including interdisciplinary teams, cross-functional teams across all sectors of healthcare are eligible to apply. A team must consist of a minimum of three people.

The project should have been initiated within the past three years and show evidence of sustainability over a minimum of 18 months. 

Nominations are due by February 1, 2020. Results-oriented projects that have created a significant, sustained change will be considered. Teams may submit one or several quality improvement projects. Teams may self-nominate.

Nominations must be submitted as one PDF file via the team and organization award online form and include the following:

  • a completed nomination form (to be completed online);
  • using the nomination template, please include:
    • an executive summary highlighting the reasons why the team should be considered for the award (The summary statement must be signed by the Chief Executive Officer. Electronic signatures are acceptable.); and
    • a written report, addressing all seven categories, and bullet points, outlined in the criteria.

Selection Committee - Quality Improvement Initiative(s) Across A Health System

Selection Committee - Quality Improvement Initiative(s) Within An Organization

2019: 3M Health Care Quality Team Awards Executive Summaries


Quality Improvement Initiative(s) Across a Health System

2019 Recipient: Breast Cancer Integrated Care Collaborative 

North York General Hospital

Recognizing that the complexity of breast cancer treatment necessitates a more collaborative and integrated approach to care and treatment, a passionate team of inter-professional providers and a patient advisor came together, and through extensive consultation co-designed the NYGH Breast Cancer Integrated Care Collaborative (ICC). Using an innovative approach to link medical and support services together, with evidenced-based practice as a lever for change, the ICC was developed to provide a seamless, integrated patient- and family- centred care approach from diagnosis to survivorship. Click here for the full article


Quality Improvement Initiative(s) Within an Organization

2019 Recipient: Megamorphosis - Shifting from an Institutional to a Social Model in Residential (Long Term) Care

Providence Health Care 


The Megamorphosis project is Providence Health Care’s residential care’s movement to transform from an institutional to a social model of care, and to improve the lives of residents, staff and families. Using the novel methodology of human-centred design, Megamorphosis focussed on increasing the engagement of each resident through the following principles: emotional connections matter most, residents direct each moment, and home is a feeling. PHC has seen sustained increases in positive and social emotional connections between staff and residents, increased personalization of resident spaces, and increased resident engagement in every day activities. Click here for the full article


Past Recipients

Please see our most recent recipients listed below. Full biography's are available in our Celebrating Leading Practices booklets.

Quality Improvement Initiative(s) Across a Health System 

2018, Trillium Health Partners and Saint Elizabeth Health Care -  Learn more (video)
2017, London Health Sciences Centre
2016, Mississauga Halton LHIN 
2015, Providence Health Care
2014, Mount Sinai Hospital
2013, Vancouver Coastal Health
2012, North York General Hospital
2011, St. Michael’s Hospital  

Quality Improvement Initiative(s) Within an Organization 

2018, Nova Scotia Health Authority -  Learn more (video)
2017, University Health Network
2016, BC Cancer Agency and Provincial Health Services Authority
2015, Nova Scotia Health Authority
2014, Island Health
2013, Capital Health, QEII Health Sciences Centre
2012, Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, Alberta Health Services
2011, Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network