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Niagara Health performing better than Canadian average in seven performance indicators

Posted May 30th, 2016

Niagara Health is pleased to report that the latest health performance indicators from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) show we are performing better than the Canadian average in seven indicators and better than the Ontario and LHIN averages in Administrative Efficiency.

Highlights of the indicators released as part of the CIHI’s Your Health System initiative demonstrate Niagara Health is performing:

  • Better than the Canadian average for obstetrical trauma (with instrument) – also highlighted as a top performer since our results have been in the best 10 per cent of performers over the last  four years;
  • Better than the Canadian average for low-risk C-sections;
  • Better than the Canadian average for readmissions (all patients; surgical patients);
  • Better than the Canadian average for worsened depressive mood in long-term care;
  • Better than the Canadian average for worsened physical functioning in long-term care;
  • Better than the Ontario and LHIN averages in administrative efficiency.

“At Niagara Health we hold ourselves to the highest standards to deliver quality safe patient care,”  says Niagara Health President Dr. Suzanne Johnston. “Improving quality and safety is an ongoing process and we are pleased to see we are making progress with key performance indicators reflected in the Your Health System data. The work done by CIHI helps Niagara Health and the public to better understand what we are doing well and where we can improve.”

In the obstetrical trauma category, Niagara Health is 5.2 per cent, well below the Canadian average of 18.3 per cent. For low-risk C-sections, the Niagara Health rate is 10.4 per cent, compared to a 14.1 per cent average for Canada. In the administrative efficiency category, Niagara Health scored 4.4 per cent for administrative costs, compared to the provincial average of 5.6 per cent and the LHIN average of 5.1 per cent. Niagara Health’s results are the same as the national average in this category at 4.4 per cent, however CIHI notes different health structures in the country could impact this comparison. Among areas identified for continued improvement are use of antipsychotics and improved physical functioning in long term care.

Media Contact: Melissa Raftis, Communications Specialist, 905-378-4647, ext. 43872


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