Hotel Dieu Hospital earns gold award for quality healthcare workplace

Hotel Dieu Hospital has won a top award from the Ontario Hospital Association and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for its achievements in creating an excellent work environment. 

The 2015 Quality Healthcare Workplace Award—Gold Level honours Hotel Dieu for its continuous efforts to improve the workplace in ways that contribute to a quality work life for employees and, in turn, to the quality of care for patients and families in our region.

A wide variety of workplace practices, events and initiatives helped the hospital to score Gold this year, only the second time Hotel Dieu has vied for the quality workplace honour.  Last year it picked up a Silver award.

A panel of quality workplace experts applauded Hotel Dieu for notable successes in creating an ideal working environment including achieving very high scores on employee workplace surveys, ensuring a close alignment between staff and corporate values, introducing safety and Senior Leadership Team walkabouts to improve communication and consultation, and taking a comprehensive approach to promoting health in the workplace through interactive displays, presentations and events such as the annual Workplace Wellness Week.  Among eligible teaching hospitals, Hotel Dieu scored the highest in terms of health and safety.

“The standards for these awards are constantly being raised and so the criteria become increasingly rigorous as an organization moves upward through four different levels,” says Scott MacInnes, Chief Human Resources Officer at Hotel Dieu. 

“We actively aim for a high-calibre workplace that makes our staff positive and proud, and it’s gratifying to be acknowledged as a healthcare setting that ensures staff are well supported to provide the best care possible.”

Hotel Dieu picked up the award at the OHA’s HealthAchieve 2015 on Nov. 3.  The hospital’s commitment to staff well-being was also acknowledged recently with a Workplace Wellness Gold Award from KFL&A Public Health.

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