Strive for Excellence and Celebrate Achievements

American carmaker and industrialist Henry Ford was once asked about the role teamwork played in his company's rise to global prominence.

"If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself," Ford said.

The evidence of that culture existing at Ontario Shores is now everywhere.

We are in the midst of a special time in our organization's history. We are leading change in the mental health care system and challenging existing delivery and treatment models with an eye on providing the best possible care for our patients and their families at every stage of their recovery journey.

This reluctance to accept the status quo and persistence to push boundaries and tradition in the name of patient care is nothing new at Ontario Shores.  However, at this moment in history we are in a golden era in terms of the recognition we are receiving in the areas of leadership and exemplary care.

Just last month Ontario Shores was awarded the 2015 Award of Excellence in Mental Health and Quality Improvement from the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL).

The award recognized the implementation of evidence-based mental health practices through the use of Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs), including one for the assessment and treatment of schizophrenia.

While awarded for demonstrating consistent implementation of evidence-informed and sustained quality improvements in the areas of mental health and addictions, over and above, the award celebrates better outcomes for our patients.

The CCHL award follows on the work done in receiving the prestigious HIMSS EMRAM Stage 7 award in October. The first hospital in Canada and the first mental health hospital in the world to receive this prestigious recognition, Ontario Shores has demonstrated a commitment to a completely paperless health information system which advances the use of patient data to ultimately improve process and performance.

Aside from organizational awards, our people are also finding their way into the limelight through professional recognition.

Melanie Kelly, Clinical Manager in Geriatrics, was recognized for her ongoing contributions to the care of patients and families with the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) Leadership Award in Nursing Administration.

Meanwhile, at their annual Distinguished Alumni Awards, Melinda Wall, our Clinical Manager of Adolescent Services, was honoured with Bloomberg Nursing's Rising Star award in Clinical Nursing for providing and modelling exemplary care to mental health.

Last month at the Canadian Health Informatics (CHIA) awards at the e-Health 2015 Conference for excellence, leadership and innovation in health informatics,  Geriatric Psychiatrist and Medical Director, Clinical Informatics Dr. Ilan Fischler and Sanaz Riahi, Director of Professional Practice, were both honoured with prestigious awards.

Dr. Fischler received the 2015 Clinician Leadership Award, while Sanaz received the 2015 Emerging Leader in Health Informatics Award.

Congratulations to these individuals and everyone in the organization that helped bestow this type of recognition to Ontario Shores.

Awards and accolades are a byproduct of an environment which constantly pushes to identify opportunities to create strengths and outcomes for patients and families.

It's important we celebrate these achievements, but continue to push forward, together, to create an organization and mental health care system that meets the needs of its users.