CK Hospice receives provincial accreditation

Jessica Smith, Executive Director, holds a plaque recognizing Chatham-Kent Hospice's accreditation as a Hospice Residence with Margaret Anderson, Chair of the Chatham-Kent Hospice Board of Directors, (to Jessica’s left) and Hospice team members. (Photo submitted by the CK Hospice)

Hard work has paid off for the Chatham-Kent Hospice.

The organization just announced that they’ve received accreditation through Hospice Palliative Care Ontario (HPCO) for a Hospice Residence. The accreditation is good until 2024.

HPCO Accreditation signifies to health professionals, the public, and funders that an organization, institution or program complies with industry standards and serves as an indicator of commitment to continuous learning and improvement.

“Working through the accreditation process allowed us to take a look at our current practices, refine what was working and look for areas of improvement,” said Jessica Smith, Chatham-Kent Hospice Executive Director. “This peer-review recognizes the work of our whole team to ensure the care we provide is of the highest quality, setting new standards in hospice, palliative care.”

Margaret Anderson, Chair of the Chatham-Kent Hospice Board of Directors thanked all the staff, volunteers and families, who helped the hospice reach this achievement.

“While our Hospice is still relatively new it was important to us that as we continue to look to the future, the groundwork was set to ensure superior care for our residents and their families.”

According to HPCO’s website, the Chatham-Kent Hospice is one of only eight hospices in the province currently accredited as a Hospice Residence through the HPCO Accreditation program.