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11/30/2011 5:00 PM

​​The Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) and the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation (CHSRF) are recipients of the Ted Freedman Award for Innovation in Education, recognizing their work in Effective Governance for Quality and Patient Safety.  This prestigious award recognizes organizations that inspire, advocate and enable education in health, health services and healthcare management.  The Award was presented during the Health Achieve 2011 Conference in Toronto on Wednesday, November 9th.

“It is truly an honour to be recognized for our efforts to create and sustain pan-Canadian governance capacity that drives continuous improvement in patient safety,” says Hugh MacLeod, CEO, Canadian Patient Safety Institute. “This initiative was a first of its kind in Canada and has become a valuable resource for healthcare governing boards and senior leaders in supporting organizational efforts to improve quality and patient safety.”

To ensure the Effective Governance program resonates with a wide reach across various organizations and regions, CPSI and CHSRF have partnered with others, including the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, who were responsible for bringing the program to Ontario to help hospitals meet the legislative requirements of Excellent Care for All Act in Ontario. Through the involvement of CPSI’s valued partners, the program is customized and tailored for a range of contexts and sectors.

The Effective Governance for Quality and Patient Safety program, which includes an education session and toolkit, helps boards and senior leaders to understand and support front-line patient safety related activities, and develop a board quality and patient safety plan that builds on successes and aligns patient safety efforts across the organization. Commissioned research led by Dr. G. Ross Baker (2010), Effective Governance for Quality and Patient Safety in Canadian Healthcare Organizations, identified a number of interdependent drivers that enable boards to fulfill their responsibilities for quality and patient safety. That framework formed the basis for the Effective Governance for Quality and Patient Safety initiative and the Governance toolkit and education sessions were then developed, providing strategies and tools that foster accountability and improve patient safety practices. 

The Effective Governance for Quality and Patient Safety program is offered in partnership with health regions and organizations. If you are interested in bringing the program to your area, please contact or visit for more information and to access the online toolkit.

The Ted Freedman Award for Innovation in Education, created in 2000, is presented annually by the Ontario Hospital Association and Healthcare Quarterly. The award recipient is selected by an independent panel led up Dr. Louise Lemieux-Charles from the Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto.