P.E.I.'s two largest hospitals fared well in a ranking of Canadian hospitals by the CBC program the tifth estate.

The show analyzed recent data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information in five areas.

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


Summerside's Prince County Hospital received an A rating. (CBC)

The study looked at 239 hospitals across the country. On P.E.I., Prince County Hospital in Summerside received an A grade overall, while the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown got a B.

The QEH's rating was dragged down by average marks in medical and surgical readmissions. Dr. Richard Wedge, acting CEO for Health PEI, said that might have something to do with how the health system on the Island is set up.

"Some of these readmissions on Prince Edward Island are due to planned readmissions," said Wedge.

"These are patients that are seen in hospital and then are transferred to Halifax, but they're coming back post-operatively. So we have a high rate of planned readmissions at the QEH. So I'm suspecting that had something to do with it."

P.E.I.'s five smaller hospitals did not receive overall grades, but were graded in some specific areas. More information is available on CBC's Rate my Hospital website. Visitors can also enter ratings themselves on Canada's hospitals.

P.E.I. hospital ratings by category

  Kings County Souris QEH Prince County Stewart Memorial Community Western
Mortality after major surgery - - A A+ - - -

Nursing sensitive adverse events for surgical patients

- - B A - - -
Nursing sensitive adverse events for medical patients B B A B A B A
Readmission after surgery - - C A+ - - -
Readmission after medical treatment A C C A B D C

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