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Women’s College Hospital – now a Best Practice Spotlight Organization

May  4, 2015

Women’s College Hospital (WCH) was recently declared a Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO) by the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario. The announcement comes three years after WCH became a BPSO candidate organization –during this time, the hospital implemented five of the RNAO’s best practice guidelines by customizing them for WCH’s unique ambulatory setting and Interprofessional model of care.

“Women’s College Hospital’s new BPSO status speaks to the hospital’s strength in championing change and its commitment to quality improvement,” said Jane Mosley, chief nursing executive, health disciplines, professional affairs at WCH.

During its first year as a BPSO candidate organization, two significant initiatives were introduced across the hospital: Preventing Falls and Fall Injuries in the Older Adult and Establishing Therapeutic Relationships.

For both initiatives, healthcare providers from various programs, clinics and departments at Women’s College Hospital came together to form committees. These committees developed and introduced strategies which aligned with current best practices and would work well in an ambulatory setting.

In its second year as a BPSO candidate organization, WCH implemented three additional guidelines within specific hospital programs – Subcutaneous Administration of Insulin in Adults with Type 2 Diabetes in the Endocrine Program; Strategies to Support Self-Management in Chronic Conditions: Collaboration with Clients in the Osteoporosis Program and Assessment and Management of Pain in the AACU.

The new best practice guidelines have standardized clinic team practices, in addition to improving patient safety.

“In the past three years, our healthcare providers have given time and energy to introduce many meaningful new practices at Women’s College Hospital. The hospital can take pride in the exceptional level of engagement and collaboration demonstrated by health disciplines and nursing staff, as well as physicians,” said Theresa Kay, Health Disciplines Professional Practice Leader.

To maintain its BPSO status, WCH will be introducing two additional best practice guidelines in the next two years. Both Kay and Mosley are looking forward to future multidisciplinary collaboration and strengthening areas of the hospital. 

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Pictured above: the WCH team was recently honoured during a ceremony for all new BPSOs at a ceremony at RNAO’s 90th Annual General Meeting.
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