For Immediate Release
September 27, 2001

Judy Heffern
Director, Long-Term Care
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, Ext. 2647

Peel's Three Long-Term Care Facilites Receive
Certificate of Accreditation

(Brampton) - Regional Chair Emil Kolb was presented with a Certificate of Accreditation from the Canadian Council on Health Care Accreditation (CCHSA). The accreditation has been awarded to the Region's three long-term care facilities - Peel Manor, Sheridan Villa and the Vera M. Davis Centre.

Earlier this year, the Region's long-term care facilities were granted a three-year accreditation by the CCHSA with no recommendations for improvement. A three-year award is the highest achievement that can be granted by the Council.

"This award recognizes the dedication and hard work of the accreditation team members as well as the facilities' staff and many Regional employees. Together they contributed over 2,500 hours to the accreditation process. The Council's valuable feedback will be used to continue achieving excellence in our care and service delivery," said Judy Heffern, Director of Long-Term Care at the Region of Peel.

Left to right: Inga Mazuryk, Administrator of Sheridan Villa; Carolyn Clubine, Administrator of Peel Manor; Regional Chair Emil Kolb; Wendy Beattie, Administrator of the Vera M. Davis Centre; Commissioner of Health Peter Graham; Regional Councillors Katie Mahoney and Rhoda Begley; Judy Heffern, Director of Long-Term Care at the Region of Peel; and Chief Administrative Officer Roger Maloney.

In 1999, the Region's three long-term care facilities conducted an internal self-assessment to prepare for their first Regional accreditation review. Previously, each facility had been accredited separately. The self-assessment involved residents and their families, staff members, volunteers, Regional staff and community representatives. The CCHSA conducted an external assessment in February 2001.

"All employees and volunteers involved in the accreditation process should be proud of this award. Their commitment to the high quality of care and service allowed them to achieve this high level of success and be known as the leaders in the long-term care business," said Regional Chair Emil Kolb.

The accreditation process is considered to be one of the most effective measures of an organization's performance.

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