Humber River Hospital

200 Church St., Toronto, ON

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CBC Rating: C

Data reported by this hospital shows it gets worse results overall than an average hospital of the same size. The rating is based on five important risk-adjusted indicators measuring how well patients do after surgery or medical treatment, as reported by the Canadian Institute for Health Information.

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
8.34
NATIONAL AVERAGE
8.62

This hospital reports about the same number of adverse events tied to post-surgical nursing care as 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
36.08
NATIONAL AVERAGE
35.99

This hospital reports more 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
37.07
NATIONAL AVERAGE
29.19

Data reported by this hospital shows substantially more patients are readmitted to this hospital after surgery than 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
7.28
NATIONAL AVERAGE
6.51

Data reported by this hospital shows substantially more 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
13.91
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: Large Community
  • Number of patients: 22,310
  • Average length of stay: 6.8 days
  • C. difficile infections: 5.83
  • MRSA infections: 0.25
  • ER wait time: Not available
  • Single-bed rooms: 10%
  • Care provided by registered nurses: 84%
  • Use of electronic medical records: 3.31
  • Interpreter services: Formal
  • Death rate: 80 (100 is the norm)

This acute care hospital is located in northwest Toronto and serves a population of 850,000 people. Patient care is provided on three sites. There are 3,000 staff, 600 physicians and 400 volunteers. It is building North America's first fully-digital hospital, opening in 2015.

Last year Humber River patients identified over 90 different countries as their country of origin and over 66 different languages as their first language. In the population served by the hospital, almost 20 per cent are low income, 27 per cent are single parent families and 39 per cent have less than a high school education. The community has higher-than-average rates of hypertension, diabetes and end stage renal disease.

The hospital is affiliated with the University of Toronto. It is home to many programs and services including a regional dialysis program, Ontario's first centre of excellence for laparoscopic bariatric surgery, and a large cancer surgery and oncology program. It was the first community hospital in Canada to perform robotic surgery.

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 47%

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 85%

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 10%

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 3.31

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 84%

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.

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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.

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