Coast hospitals among the best
PATIENT care at Fraser Coast hospitals is on a par with the best, a new report has revealed.
The Australian Council on Healthcare Standards, the country's leading independent authority on healthcare, has recognised the high quality care administered at Hervey Bay and Maryborough hospitals.
The council's Evaluation and Quality Improvement Program measures how effective a healthcare organisation is in terms of patient care.
Wide Bay Health Service acting manager Ken Whelan described the program as rigorous and consumer focused.
“This sends a clear message to the community that these facilities, their management and staff are committed to excellence in health care with a strong and continuing focus on safety, quality and performance,” he said.
Along with the two hospitals, the community health services, oral health services and the Fraser Coast Integrated Mental Health Service were also awarded accreditation through the program.
Mr Whelan commended patients for their contribution to the program.
“Not only the arduous assessment and evaluation process, but also for their support and commitment to quality through continuing dialogue and improvement initiatives.
“We are aware that consumers demand a high standard of health care and we are pleased and proud that Hervey Bay and Maryborough services have been recognised for meeting that expectation.”
The Australian Council on Healthcare Standards is an independent, not-for-profit organisation which has received international recognition for excellence in assessment and evaluation. It is responsible for accrediting the majority of health organisations in Australia.