All three hospitals in the territorial capitals earned ‘B’ ratings on a national survey, done by the CBC’s Fifth Estate investigative program.

The Whitehorse General Hospital, the Stanton Territorial Hospital in Yellowknife, and the Qikiqtani General Hospital in Iqaluit were all graded based on five criteria:

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  • Mortality after major surgery
  • Nursing-sensitive adverse events, surgical patients
  • Nursing-sensitive adverse events, medical patients
  • Readmission after surgery
  • Readmission after medical treatment

Two other N.W.T. hospitals were included in the survey.

The Inuvik Regional Hospital got a ‘B’ grade, while the H. H. Williams Memorial Hospital in Hay River was not graded because there wasn’t enough information available.


Stanton Territorial Hospital in Yellowknife got a 'B' grade overall. It slipped in the 'Readmission after surgery' category, getting a 'D'. (CBC)

Head of Yukon hospitals satisfied with rating

The head of the Yukon Hospital Corporation said he is satisfied with the 'B' rating for the Whitehorse hospital.

Jason Bilsky, the Chief Executive Officer of the Yukon Hospital Corporation, said the rating confirms staff are headed in the right direction.

"Initially I thought average, O.K., reasonable. I think it validates the focus that we do have, which is excellent patient care and the direction we are moving. You couple this with some of the commentary yesterday about the nursing at the hospital the excellent team and support staff — it does validate that we are moving in a direction of and maintaining a focus on excellent patient care," said Bilksy.

The Yukon rating easily surpassed grades given to lower mainland hospitals in B.C.

Four hospitals in Vancouver, including Vancouver General received 'D' ratings.

The CBC health survey continues online this month with a public survey northerners are invited to join.

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