Volume 96, Issue 62
Tuesday, January 21, 2003

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LHSC finishes at head of the class

By Christopher Hodge
Gazette Staff

It is report card time for Ontario's acute care hospitals, and according to a comprehensive study conducted by the Ontario Hospital Association, the London Health Sciences Centre has received an A+.

"Compared to all the hospitals across the province, London results were remarkably strong," said Adalsteinn D. Brown, a professor in the health policy management and evaluation department at the University of Toronto, who assisted in conducting the report.

The LHSC was one of 92 hospitals surveyed by the OHS during 2002 and graded according to 34 reportable indicators, Brown confirmed.

"In the area of physician care, we have out-scored and out-performed everyone else in the province," said Tony Dagnone, president and chief executive officer of the LHSC. "The performance [of the hospital] is a credit to the dedication of the physicians, students and trainees who have gone out of their way to provide that level of care to our patients."

"Our staff takes performance very seriously – collectively they provide quality care. It's a team effort, and we couldn't come near to recording these efforts without the staff, physicians and volunteers who – despite challenges – still perform extremely well," he added.

Created in 1999, the OHA surveys 97 per cent of all acute care hospitals in Ontario, said Grant Gilles, an analyst for the Canadian Institute for Health Information, adding the survey ranks hospitals according to a five -star system.

A hospital that receives one star is considered to be below provincial standards and anything higher than three stars is considered above average, Gilles explained.

"This year's results are more in-depth, and we now have three years of data that we can use to examine various trends throughout the province," Gilles explained.

"There are many challenges in front of us, and our overall goal is to stay ahead of our peer group" Dagone said.

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