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The Atikokan General Hospital is very pleased to report that Accreditation Canada has awarded the facility with its highest level of recognition: Accreditation with Exemplary Standing. In a letter to CEO Doug Moynihan, dated April 13, 2015, the Chair of the Accreditation Decision 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.”

There are four levels of accreditation in Canada. Accredited with Exemplary Standing is defined as: The organization attains the highest level of performance, achieving excellence in meeting the requirements of the accreditation program.

Doug Moynihan, CEO of the Atikokan General Hospital, was pleased with the final outcome of the review. “We knew we had a good accreditation review, but to receive the highest possible standing as the final decision is a true reflection of all the people who make our Hospital such an excellent facility.”

Cathy Ducharme, Nurse Manager said “The teams and the staff who led the process were all smiles when news of the results were received. Their hard work has now been validated.”Ms. Ducharme also said “All patients and residents at the Atikokan General Hospital can expect the best patient experience and health outcomes possible.”

Kim Cross, CFO and VP Corporate Services said “this is evidence that all staff members contribute to the quality patient experience at Atikokan General Hospital.”


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Accreditation Canada provides the “gold standard” in healthcare practice and when we assess what we do at Atikokan General Hospital against these best practices, make changes accordingly, and measure our performance again, we have the evidence we need to assure the community we are providing the best care possible.

Atikokan General Hospital staff and board members have been diligently assessing practices, changing processes, measuring outcomes and ensuring, with data based evidence, that we are using best practice to provide high quality care. We can be satisfied that we have done our best to “measure up” to the gold standard and we are ready to receive the opinion of Accreditation Canada on our progress.

Accreditation is a journey rather than a destination. There is always room for improvement. Embarking on this ongoing quest for improved quality and patient safety is one of the most effective and satisfying ways for a health services organization to distinguish itself as a leader in its field.




The goal of the hospital for this accreditation cycle (2011-15) will be to achieve fully accredited status in order to maintain credibility in the healthcare field and with our community; demonstrate continuous quality improvement, educate our staff and enable pride in, and acknowledgement of, our successes.


Accreditation: Why It Matters


  • Accreditation represents official recognition of quality or achievement.
  • When healthcare organizations are accredited, they are viewed as having higher quality care.
  • Accreditation is not just a status symbol; it is a process that organizations use to evaluate and improve the quality of their services.
  • Accreditation involves examining “all aspects of health care, from patient safety and ethics to staff training and partnering with the community”.
  • When accreditation is integrated into an organization’s quality improvement program, there is an increased understanding of and attention to quality and safety.
  • It also helps to develop, formalize, and structure existing processes.
  • Changes occur in areas such as decision making, policy development, and nursing organization, among many others.
  • Communication, interdisciplinary teamwork, collaboration and continuity across the continuum of care are direct benefits of the accreditation process.



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