Cornwall Community Hospital Scores High Marks

By Bob Peters
November 1, 2012

Cornwall Community Hospital scores high marks in accreditation processCornwall Ontario - The Cornwall Community Hospital is in some pretty select company when it comes to hospital practices and providing quality health care.

The Accreditation Decision Committee of Accreditation Canada recently awarded the Cornwall Community Hospital Exemplary Standing under the Qmentum accreditation program. The Exemplary Standing is the highest ranking possible and is awarded to a select few hospitals in the nation.

Overall, the Cornwall Community Hospital met 1,372 of the 1,402 applicable standards – or 98% of the necessary requirements.

In a letter of acknowledgment, Ms. Suzanne Larocque, Chair of the committee, wrote, “this is a milestone to be celebrated, and we congratulate you and your team for your commitment to providing safe, high quality health services.”

Accreditation Canada conducted their on-site survey of the Cornwall Community Hospital from September 16 to 19 of this year.

Hospital CEO Jeanette Despatie thanked all of the hospital staff, physicians and volunteers for their hard work and contribution to the accreditation process.

“Improving the patient experience is a key strategic goal of Cornwall Community Hospital and accreditation is one tool our organization can use to celebrate our strengths, identify areas of needed improvement and develop implementation strategies,” said Mrs. Despatie.

Accreditation Canada is a not-for-profit organization designed to assess health care institutions to help improve the services they provide to their patients and clients based on standards of excellence. At the final debriefing meeting, Micheline Ulrich, Team Lead of the Accreditation Review Surveyors, was impressed that the employees at CCH put the patient first and she recognized the high energy of the staff while going through the transitional phases of construction.

As an award for recognition of success, the hospital was given a commemorative plaque and an official banner. The eye-catching, 10 foot tall banner will be on full display outside both the Second Street and the McConnell Street Site for all to see.

The positive accreditation result comes as the redevelopment of the Cornwall Community Hospital – McConnell Street Site continues to show significant signs of progress.The $120 million redevelopment project will include an expansion of 95,000 square feet of new space and 78,000 square feet of renovation. The expansion will house 5 new state of the art operating rooms, and new emergency and diagnostic imaging departments. The new construction will allow for amalgamation of all services to the McConnell site.

More information on the hospital and the redevelopment project can be found at

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