Winter 2008: Hospital Standardized Mortality Ratio (HSMR) reports issued today by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) indicate Trillium's results for all cases dropped to 92 in fiscal 2007-08 which is lower than the expected mortality rate and lower than our previous three years, calculated in comparison to a national average of 100. The CIHI HSMR study is an important, high-level statistical measure of patient outcomes used by hospitals in several countries to improve the quality and safety of patient care.
Winter 2008: 20 Interim Alternate Level of Care (ALC) Beds – the LHIN approved funding for 20 interim ALC beds to help offset the rise in the number of patients who cannot be placed in long-term care beds. This plan will be implemented through the redevelopment of space at the Courtyard location at West Toronto.
Fall 2008: Trillium won the 2008 Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) Patient Safety Award for the Purell Challenge, an innovative approach to promoting good hand hygiene. Trillium's Infection Prevention and Control team developed this program which measures the amount of bacteria before and after hand sanitizing by using blood agar plates. The OHA chose this initiative from more than 100 entries Ontario hospitals submitted on programs and projects that improve patient safety.
The OHA also recognized Trillium for receiving Gold Canada Award of Excellence from the National Quality Institute and PEP Level 4 for our organizational excellence, quality performance and for providing a healthy workplace. Trillium is one of only two hospitals in Canada to be recognized with this distinction.
Fall 2008: Trillium's new teaching affiliation with the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine at U of T Mississauga (UTM) is an exciting opportunity for the Health Centre and our community – one that will transform us as a learning organization and contribute to the overall quality of the care we provide.
Beginning in 2010, the official launch of the program, UTM will begin accepting students into its undergraduate medical program. These students will do their clinical practice placements at Trillium Health Centre and at Credit Valley.
Summer 2008: The Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), in collaboration with the Cardiac Care Network of Ontario, released a Report on Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery in Ontario, fiscal years 2005/06 and 2006/07. Of the 11 cardiac centres investigated, Trillium was the only hospital to perform at or better than the provincial average in every category in each of the two reporting years.
Trillium is a fiscally balanced health centre demonstrating sustainable, strategic growth. Our operating budget is close to $400 million and we rank among the top ten Ontario hospitals in clinical volumes. We are the first multi-site hospital in the world to win the ISO 14001 Designation for environmental responsibility.
Volunteers of Trillium Health Centre have made an outstanding contribution and continue to do so. Over 1,100 dedicated volunteers give 115,000 total hours per year – and have recently completed their pledge of $5 million to the Foundation, the largest fundraising pledge by hospital volunteers in Canada!