Baycrest receives top honour from Accreditation Canada

TORONTO – Accreditation Canada has awarded Baycrest Health Sciences Accreditation with Exemplary Standing for its quality, client outcomes and health system performance – the highest possible standing granted.  Baycrest is one of the few elite healthcare organizations in Canada to receive this prestigious designation.  Baycrest also received five Leading Practice awards, honouring practices that are innovative and creative, client and family-centred, evaluated, and the results of which are demonstrated, sustainable and adaptable.

ACSealAwESDuring a four-day on-site visit, Accreditation Canada surveyors evaluated more than 1,500 standards that address governance and leadership, infection prevention and control, and medication management. Baycrest met a remarkable 99.9 per cent of these criteria. In addition, the organization met all required organizational practices – essentials that focus on the safety and quality of healthcare delivery.  “The accreditation process allows us to assess every aspect of what we do against national standards,” says Carol Anderson, VP, Clinical Programs and Chief Nursing Officer. “This achievement reflects the commitment of our staff, who strive to achieve excellence and provide the very best care to seniors in our community every day.”

Surveyors praised Baycrest’s care on campus and in the community, as well as its focus on safety, the strength of its interdisciplinary care team model, and its commitment to contributing expertise in brain health and aging to the broader healthcare system. “We are thrilled that Accreditation Canada has recognized the extraordinary level of care within our programs and services,” says Dr. William Reichman, president and CEO of Baycrest. “In fact, no matter what area the surveyors visited, residents and patients shared just how much they love Baycrest – that sentiment alone is exemplary.”


About Baycrest Health Sciences

Baycrest Health Sciences is a global leader in geriatric residential living, healthcare, research, innovation and education, with a special focus on brain health and aging. As an academic health sciences centre fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, Baycrest provides an exemplary care experience for aging clients combined with an extensive clinical training program for students and the Rotman Research Institute, one of the world’s leaders in cognitive neuroscience. Through its commercial and consulting arms, Baycrest is marketing its sought-after expertise and innovation to other healthcare organizations and long-term care homes, both in Canada and internationally.

About Accreditation Canada

Accreditation Canada is an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits health care and social services organizations in Canada and around the world. Its comprehensive accreditation programs foster ongoing quality improvement through evidence-based standards and a rigorous external peer review. Accredited by the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua), Accreditation Canada has been helping organizations improve health care quality and patient safety for more than 55 years. 


For more information, please contact:
Amanda Paterson
Baycrest Health Sciences
416-785-2500 ext. 3368