First hospital in Central East Local Health Integration Network to achieve such a designation

SCARBOROUGH, ON (April 23, 2018) – Scarborough and Rouge Hospital (SRH) has officially achieved Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO) designation at its Birchmount and General sites from the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) – the first hospital in the Central East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) to achieve such a designation.

BPSOs are health-care and academic organizations selected by RNAO to implement and evaluate its internationally acclaimed best practice guidelines (BPG). These guidelines incorporate evidence-based practice to enhance patient outcomes.

“Our BPSO designation is a testament to the leadership and hard work of our team, as well as our commitment to the highest standard of excellence in care to all of our patients, from the elderly, to people living with chronic disease, to vulnerable young families, and more,” said Liz Buller, President and CEO of SRH.

“We’re exceptionally grateful to the many staff members who helped to support the uptake of RNAO’s BPGs and evidence-based practice across the organization as BPSO Champions,” added Linda Calhoun, Vice President, Patient Services and Chief Nursing Executive at SRH.

“Using a model to implement practice change, more than 200 of our frontline nurses and nurse leaders, and over 100 allied health staff have been instrumental as champions to ensure that our patients receive the very best care possible as a result of the BPG recommendations.”

“We are proud of Scarborough and Rouge Hospital’s commitment to evidence-based practice. By supporting nurses and other health professionals to implement RNAO’s BPGs, they are optimizing the level of care provided to patients,” says Dr. Doris Grinspun, RNAO’s Chief Executive Officer and the founder of the BPG program. “The care needs of patients must always come first and RNAO’s BPGs put patients first and result in improved patient, organizational and health system outcomes. Bravo Scarborough and Rouge Hospital.”

Throughout its three year candidacy, SRH has implemented eight RNAO BPGs that will positively impact the health and well-being of its patients, including:

  • Corporate
    • Client Centred Care
    • Assessment and Management of Pain
  • Clinical/Healthy Workplace
    • Developing and Sustaining Interprofessional Health Care
    • Caregiving Strategies for Older Adults with Delirium, Dementia and Depression
    • Preventing and Managing Violence in the Workplace
    • Strategies to Support Self-Management in Chronic Conditions
    • Breastfeeding
    • Assessment and Care of Adults at Risk for Suicidal Ideation and Behaviour

“This designation is practice driven; it’s meant to help us optimize the role of nurses and promote collaboration among our interprofessional teams,” explained Kim Brophy, Director, Quality, Standardization and Infection Control at SRH.

“We’re excited to continue our BPSO journey by spreading our success to our Centenary site, implementing new BPGs, and sustaining the practice changes at our Birchmount and General sites.”

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About Scarborough and Rouge Hospital

At Scarborough and Rouge Hospital (SRH), a quality patient experience comes first. Affiliated with the University of Toronto, SRH consists of three hospital sites (Birchmount, General, and Centenary) and five satellite sites in Scarborough. SRH delivers a broad spectrum of health services to one of the most diverse communities in Canada, including a full-service Emergency Department at each site, advanced maternal and neonatal care in state-of-the-art birthing centres, and specialized paediatric services. SRH is home to a number of regional programs serving the central east Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and beyond, including nephrology, cardiac care, vascular surgery, and vision care, and is recognized as a centre of excellence in orthopaedic surgery, cancer care, and mental health.

Media Contact:
Julie Dowdie
Communications Officer
Scarborough and Rouge Hospital
416-438-2911 ext. 6836
Cell: 647-533-1120