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Niagara Health among top performers in health indicators

Posted Nov 29th, 2018

Niagara Health among top performers in health indicators

Niagara Health has been recognized again as a top performer in three of the indicators updated today by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).

Niagara Health is among the best 10 per cent of performers in Canada over the past three consecutive years when it comes to:

  • Obstetric trauma, with instruments
  • Worsened physical functioning in long-term care
  • Worsened depressive mood in long-term care

Niagara Health has been among the top 10 per cent in the obstetric trauma indicator for all five years for which report has been available.

In addition to the three indicators above, the report shows Niagara Health performs better than the Canadian average for readmissions to hospital for all patient types (medical, surgical, obstetrical and pediatric).

Niagara Health showed a stable performance in line with the Canadian average in several other areas, including:

  • Emergency department wait times for physician initial assessment
  • Hip fracture surgeries within 48 hours
  • Falls and restraint use in long-term care

“These results are indicative of our team’s commitment to our vision of a healthier Niagara,” said Niagara Health President Suzanne Johnston. “We are proud of the areas in which our team has excelled and we will use this data to guide us on where we can enhance care even further."

Niagara Health Emergency Department

In addition to hospital system performance data, the CIHI update highlighted the top 10 reasons for visits to the Emergency Department (ED). 

Over the past year, the top three reasons for ED visits at Niagara Health were abdominal and pelvic pain, pain in the throat and chest, and back pain. Together, these accounted for 18,454 (11.7%) ED visits last year. Overall, Niagara Health ED visits decreased to 157,598 last year, compared to 161,235 visits in 2016-17. 

To see the detailed CIHI report, visit

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