Ontario Shores is Recognized Nationally for Excellence in Quality, Innovation and Teamwork

September 03, 2009

On Sept. 1 Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) hosted a celebration to honour its Metabolic and Weight Management Clinic (MWM Clinic) staff members. Ontario Shores received the prestigious 2009 Canadian College of Health Service Executives (CCHSE) 3M Health Care Quality Team Award for the remarkable achievements of the Clinic since its inception in 2007.

Tim Brown, Director of 3M Health Care, presented members of the MWM Clinic with certificates of excellence reflecting their commitment to providing exemplary patient care.

Approaching the millennium 3M realized health care providers would face fewer dollars and fewer resources, and wanted to encourage continued quality, innovation and teamwork despite those challenges, said Brown. Only 30 Health Care Quality Team Awards have been presented across Canada, and Ontario Shores is the first mental health care centre to receive the award. 

“When I first met the Clinic team what really struck me was a very passionate and very enthusiastic team; the Ontario Shores team,” he added.

Teamwork is evident at Ontario Shores through the dedication of the Clinic’s work in identifying a problem, creating a solution and providing patients with overall health care.

The national award recognizes three important elements – innovation, quality and team leadership – and in winning this award Ontario Shores is recognized for identifying a significant gap in mental health patient care.

“Receiving this award illustrates how the Metabolic and Weight Management Clinic embraces quality, innovation and teamwork through the exemplary care it provides our patients, and is reflective of our core values of excellence, innovation, safety, respect and community,” said Glenna Raymond, President and CEO of Ontario Shores.

There is a well documented link between mental illness and an increased risk of physical health problems.  The Clinic’s goal is to provide patients with accessible multidisciplinary services, support and education.  Services include health assessments and screening, motivational counselling, individualized dietary and physical activity programming and medical and nursing management.

About Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) is a leader in mental health care, providing a spectrum of specialized assessment and treatment services for people living with complex mental illness. Patients benefit from a recovery-oriented environment of care built on compassion, inspiration and hope. Ontario Shores engages in research, education and advocacy initiatives to advance the mental health care system. 

For more information, or to set up an interview, please contact:
Communications and Public Affairs
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
905-430-4055 ext. 4001