In October 2015, BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) achieved accreditation status from Accreditation Canada.
Health care accreditation is a comprehensive and rigorous process that requires documented and operational evidence of compliance with numerous organizational standards and practices pertaining to quality and safety, including system performance, governance, patient safety, emergency medical performance measurement and risk prevention planning.
As part of this process, 59 BCEHS sites across the province were evaluated against national standards. The final report showed that BCEHS scored 88 per cent overall and on high-priority criteria. Some of the strengths noted by Accreditation Canada
- Excellence in care at the practitioner and patient level;
- Focused effort on quality improvement including the implementation of LEAN processes to improve patient transfers;
- Leading edge, well-¬established and respected infant transport team;
- Strong integration with the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA).
This accomplishment is a result of BCEHS employees’ commitment to supporting and providing safe, high-quality patient care.
BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) is responsible for the delivery and governance of pre-hospital emergency medical care and inter-facility patient transfer services through the BC Ambulance Service and the BC Patient Transfer Network. BCEHS is supported by the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA).