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Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Receives Recognition from Cancer Care Ontario

CHATHAM-KENT: October 31, 2016 -- Cancer Care Ontario’s Cancer Performance Steering Committee has recognized Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) for meeting its provincial annual improvement targets for the performance indicators Surgical Oncology – Referral to Consult and Pathology Post-Surgical Report Turnaround Time for All Disease Sites for the 2015/16 fiscal year. CKHA also achieved the most improved hospital in Ontario for the indicator Surgical Oncology Program: Decision to Treat to Treatment.
 
“Receiving this recognition from Cancer Care Ontario demonstrates that we are consistently meeting best practice and providing quality cancer care close to home,” said Nancy Snobelen, Director of Partnerships and System Integration, CKHA. “Our team’s commitment to performance improvement for these critical indicators benefits our patients and their families who require cancer services locally.”
 
 Chatham-Kent Health Alliance's (CKHA) Operating Room (OR) staff celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness during the month of October.
 
Cancer Care Ontario’s performance indicators represent the proportion of patients who are receiving cancer services within the recommended timeframe or target. The interval “Referral to Consult” represents the time between a referral to a specialist to the time that specialist consults with the patient. CKHA’s Surgery Program surpassed the provincial annual improvement target of 85% by achieving 86% for the indicator Surgical Oncology – Referral to Consult. This means 86% of patients received a consult with a specialist within the target of 14 days of their referral date. 
 
The quality of pathology reports is extremely important since cancer treatment decisions are based on the pathologists’ diagnosis – the medical specialty that examines tissues and cells to diagnose the type and severity of disease. The Pathology Post-Surgical Report Turnaround Time for All Disease Sites indicator is measured by the percentage of reports signed off by pathologists within 14 calendar days of the date of surgery. At CKHA, 97.6% of pathology reports were completed within the 14 calendar day timeframe – well above the provincial target of 85%. 
 
CKHA earned most improved hospital in the province for the indicator Surgical Oncology Program: Decision to Treat to Treatment – the wait time from when a patient and surgeon decide to proceed with surgery to when the actual procedure is completed. For the 2015/16 year, 86% of patients were treated within the target of 14 days for all priority cases. Although the program did not achieve the provincial target of 90%, the organization looks forward to more improvement over the coming year to continue advancing cancer services within Chatham-Kent. 
 
Cancer Care Ontario is the Ontario government’s primary advisor on cancer care in the province. The cancer system in Ontario is organized into Regional Cancer Programs (RCPs) that correlate with the province's 14 Local Health Integration Networks. RCPs are networks of healthcare providers, regional cancer centres, stakeholders and patient groups involved in providing cancer prevention, screening, and diagnostic and treatment services in each LHIN. The Erie St. Clair Regional Cancer Program oversees the quality and delivery of cancer services for the areas of Chatham-Kent, Sarnia-Lambton and Windsor-Essex. To learn more about the Erie St. Clair Regional Cancer Program, click here
 
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To arrange an interview, please contact:
Emily Field, Communications Specialist
Chatham-Kent Health Alliance
efield [at] ckha [dot] on [dot] ca 
519.352.6401 ext. 5326
 
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Performance Indicator: Surgical Oncology – Referral to Consult
 
At CKHA, 86% of patients received a consult with a specialist within the target of 14 days of their referral date, surpassing the provincial annual improvement target of 85% for the indicator Surgical Oncology – Referral to Consult. Several factors contributed to this achievement: CKHA’s dedicated team of surgeons and staff consistently prioritize urgent cases, ensuring patients requiring cancer services receive timely treatment; clinics and consultations were examined and realigned to better meet the targeted turnaround time; and, system integration and collaboration across providers in the region enhanced efficiencies and improved processes. 
 
Performance Indicator: Pathology Post-Surgical Report Turnaround Time for All Disease Sites
 
Accuracy, timeliness and completeness are important to quality pathology reporting and contribute to positive patient outcomes. CKHA’s Laboratory team completed 97.6% of pathology reports within the 14 calendar day timeframe through several initiatives: recruitment of a full complement of pathologists to the organization in the last 18 months, practice of lean methodology in the Laboratory – a method of process improvement to increase efficiencies and eliminate waste and redundancies; and, relationship-cultivating with other facilities for required additional testing.
 
Performance Indicator: Surgical Oncology Program – Decision to Treat to Treatment
 
In the 2015/16 year, CKHA earned most improved hospital in the province for the performance indicator Surgical Oncology Program: Decision to Treat to Treatment – the wait time from when a patient and surgeon decide to proceed with surgery to when the actual procedure is completed. At CKHA, 86% of patients were treated within the target of 14 days for all priority cases. The Surgery Program accomplished this significant performance improvement by examining the Operating Room schedule and its available hours, surgeon bookings, and realigning those services to better meet patients’ needs. Although CKHA did not meet the provincial annual improvement target of 90%, the organization looks forward to building on the past year’s performance improvement and to continue advancing cancer services for local patients. Cancer Care Ontario’s province-wide indicators show that 88% of all cancer patients received their surgery within the recommended wait time.
 

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