June 4, 2004

Newmarket Health Centre rates excellent after surprise inspection by Province

 

NEWMARKET – The overall standards of care at York Region’s Newmarket Health Centre were found to be excellent and in substantial compliance with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) Standards and Guidelines for Long Term Care Facilities.  This was the conclusion after the Newmarket Health Centre received its first surprise inspection by a MOHLTC Compliance Advisor/Officer earlier this year, noted a report received by the Region’s Health and Emergency Medical Services Committee this week. 

 

“Results of this Compliance Review confirm that York Region continues to deliver high-quality long term care services,” said Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch. 

 

“The staff and volunteers of the Newmarket Health Centre are to be acknowledged and commended for the excellent quality of care that they provide to residents and clients,” added Vaughan Regional Councillor Joyce Frustaglio, Chair of the Region’s Health and Emergency Medical Services Committee.

 

On February 23, 2004, an MOHLTC Compliance Advisor arrived unannounced with no pre-warning and found that the residents were well cared for, clean and well groomed. In the wrap-up report, the Compliance Advisor noted that the Newmarket Health Centre continues to be resident focussed, has an excellent reputation in York Region and has become well known in the community for providing high quality care, services and programs for clients.

 

Some criteria related to three standards were not fully met. Immediate measures were taken to rectify the areas identified.

 

On January 1st, 2004, the MOHLTC instituted surprise annual inspections of long-term care facilities by a Compliance Advisor/Officer.  The inspection/Compliance Review audits nursing and medical care, dietary and nutritional programs, activation and rehabilitation services, environmental services and conditions, financial and administrative practices.

 

The Newmarket Health Centre is one of two long-term care facilities that York Region operates, providing medical/nursing and personal care services to approximately 200 residents.  For more information, visit www.region.york.on.ca

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Contact:            Wendy Lewis, Corporate Communications Services, York Region

- (905) 830-4444 or (416) 297-9696, ext. 1238

                        - Email: wendy.lewis@region.york.on.ca

 
 
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