Chatham-Kent Health Alliance

80 Grand Ave. W., Chatham, ON

Website | 519-352-6400

  • 137
  • N/A
  • Yes
  • Not
    Graded

Your Ratings

Here’s how people have rated this hospital so far.

Respect

Communication

Timeliness

Cleanliness

Would recommend

Rate this hospital now

CBC Rating: Not Graded

Not enough information was available to rate this hospital. For a complete rating, a hospital must report statistics on all five measures CBC assessed. (Three for small hospitals.) Some hospitals do not do all the procedures included in those measures. Others handle too few surgeries or medical cases. The results that are available are displayed below.

This hospital reports about the same number of deaths after major surgery as an average hospital of the same size.

This indicator measures the number of patients per 1,000 who die in hospital within five days of major surgery. It includes operations that take longer than two hours and usually require a general anesthetic, such as hip replacements and heart bypass surgery.

This hospital
10.28
NATIONAL AVERAGE
8.62

This indicator measures the number of patients per 1,000 who develop problems tied to nursing care such as urinary tract infections, bed sores, pneumonia or broken bones. Nurses are not solely responsible but studies show a strong link to low nurse staffing levels.

This hospital
N/A
NATIONAL AVERAGE
35.99

This hospital reports fewer adverse events tied to nursing care for medical problems than an average hospital of the same size.

This indicator measures the number of patients per 1,000 who develop problems tied to nursing care such as urinary tract infections, bed sores, pneumonia or broken bones. Nurses are not solely responsible but studies show a strong link to low nurse staffing levels.

This hospital
11.66
NATIONAL AVERAGE
29.19

Data reported by this hospital shows about the same number of patients are readmitted to this hospital after surgery as to an average hospital of the same size.

This indicator measures the number of surgical patients per 100 forced to return to hospital within 30 days of discharge. Many hospitals use this measure to assess the quality of care in the hospital and in the community.

This hospital
6.25
NATIONAL AVERAGE
6.51

Data reported by this hospital shows fewer patients are readmitted to this hospital after medical treatment than to an average hospital of the same size.

This indicator measures the number of medical patients per 100 forced to return to hospital within 30 days of discharge. Many hospitals use this measure to assess the quality of care in the hospital and in the community.

This hospital
11.81
NATIONAL AVERAGE
13.31

Source of indicator data: Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).
The national average for each indicator is an average of all types of hospitals.

About this Hospital

  • Type of hospital: Medium Community
  • Number of patients: 8,467
  • Average length of stay: 5.06 days
  • C. difficile infections: Not available
  • MRSA infections: Not available
  • ER wait time: 5.1 hours
  • Single-bed rooms: 36%
  • Care provided by registered nurses: 68%
  • Use of electronic medical records: 3.12
  • Interpreter services: Formal
  • Death rate: 79 (100 is the norm)

The Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) was formed in 1998 and is a partnership of three hospital corporations. It is a community hospital that delivers care to residents of Chatham-Kent, South Lambton and Walpole Island.

The CKHA has campuses in Chatham and Wallaceburg. It has 1,337 staff members, 125 physicians and 550 volunteers who care for tens of thousands of inpatients, outpatients and emergency patients annually. It is linked to tertiary centres in London and Windsor and is academically affiliated with the Schulich School of Medicine.

The Registered Nurses Association of Ontario has designated the CKHA a "Best Practice Spotlight Organization". It was one of the first organizations in Ontario to earn a gold-level Quality Healthcare Workplace Award.

Some of the core programs include diagnostic imaging, emergency and community health, mental health and addictions, a surgical program and women's and children's health. The CKHA also has a provincially-designated district stroke centre, an Ontario breast screening satellite program, a dialysis satellite program, a neonatal intensive care unit and an early psychosis intervention program for youth.

This profile was provided by the hospital.

the fifth estate Hospital Survey

Find out about initiatives this hospital is taking to improve care and safety. CBC gathered the information below by inviting hospitals across Canada to respond to a survey developed with the help of health care experts. CBC assessed hospitals on 12 criteria in three categories. Each red checkmark means the hospital either meets the gold standard for that indicator or performs at least as well in that area as the top 50 per cent of hospitals CBC assessed.

Regular, reliable pain assessment Yes

Best practice guidelines recommend that nurses screen patients at risk for pain at least once a shift, using a valid and reliable systematic pain assessment tool. Uncontrolled pain is considered an adverse event.

Medication reconciliation on admission 80%

Accreditation Canada, a non-profit organization that accredits hospitals, requires hospitals to compare the medications a patient is on when admitted to those that will be given in the hospital. Half the hospitals CBC assessed follow this procedure at least 84 per cent of the time.

Hand hygiene compliance 82%

Regular handwashing is considered the single most important way to reduce the spread of hospital-acquired infections. In half the hospitals CBC assessed, staff followed proper handwashing procedures at least 86 per cent of the time.

Single-bed rooms 36%

Studies have linked a higher percentage of single-bed rooms to better infection control, reduced medical errors, fewer falls, improved sleep and better patient outcomes. In half the hospitals CBC assessed, at least 25 per cent of beds are in single rooms.

Flexible visiting hours Yes

Studies show that the unrestricted presence of a family member or friend can improve safety, communication and the patient’s understanding of his care.

Cots available for family members to stay overnight Yes

Studies show that having a family member or friend stay with a patient around the clock improves safety and reduces medical mistakes.

Full meal service until 6 p.m. daily No

An extended meal service can help facilitate visits from family and friends.

Conducts and reports formal patient surveys Quarterly

Formal surveys that measure patients' views create incentives for hospitals to improve the quality of care and enhance public accountability. Some provinces have mandated the surveys.

Use of electronic medical records 3.12

Industry group HIMSS grades hospitals on electronic medical record use in eight stages. Some records may be automated at stage 0. Stage 7 hospitals are paperless. HIMSS research suggests hospital performance significantly improves at Stage 6. Half the hospitals CBC assessed scored 3.17 or higher.

Care provided by registered nurses 68%

Studies have linked higher levels of care provided by RNs to better patient outcomes. In half the hospitals CBC assessed, RNs provide at least 70 per cent of all nursing care.

Interpreter services Formal

Providing a formal interpreter service in a patient's mother tongue can improve safety, quality of care and understanding of treatment. In the U.S., the provision of formal interpretation services affects a hospital's accreditation.

Hospital board of directors discusses patient stories Always

U.S.-based Institute for Healthcare Improvement recommends that hospital boards review data on quality of care at every meeting, putting a human face on issues by discussing patient stories.

Posted: Apr 10, 2013 | Last updated: Apr 17, 2013.

The data on this page is accurate as of spring 2013.

Read the CBC methodology.

Note: CBC does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of external links.

SOURCE: Canadian Institute for Health Information, data from CBC survey sent to hospitals, provincial health ministries, health authorities

CBC hospital ratings are not medical advice or recommendation. The care provided by hospitals with higher rankings will not necessarily be better than the care offered by others. A hospital with a lower grading may excel in areas that data collection authorities and/or CBC have not considered. The information provided is merely a guide to better inform Canadians. For all medical concerns and emergencies, please see your doctor/hospital.

Close

Rate this hospital

Please tell us how you would rate your hospital experience in these five areas.

You were consistently treated with courtesy and respect.
1 star = Poor, 5 stars = Excellent
Your care was explained to you in a way you could understand.
1 star = Poor, 5 stars = Excellent
The health care team attended to you in a timely manner.
1 star = Poor, 5 stars = Excellent
The area you were treated in was clean.
1 star = Poor, 5 stars = Excellent
How likely are you to recommend this hospital to your family and friends?
1 star = Not at all likely, 5 stars = Very likely