Last week was a good one for West Park Healthcare Centre, which won two awards in health care quality and energy efficiency.
The rehabilitation centre near Jane Street and Weston Road achieved the platinum level of the Quality Healthcare Workplace Award, one of only five Ontario hospitals to receive the recognition.
Other hospitals to achieve the standard include the Hospital for Sick Children and University Health Network.
Presented by the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) and the Ministry of Health, the award recognizes West Park’s efforts to improve its workplace in ways that contribute to the quality of care and services it delivers and also for employees.
“The quality of the work environment for staff and physicians is very important at West Park,” president Anne-Marie Malek said in a statement.
“The efforts we have made in this area not only improve employee/physician wellness, but ultimately improve quality of care and patient safety. This is part of our DNA at West Park and I am proud of all the staff and physicians who make West Park the quality workplace it is. This award is for them and their daily efforts.”
A survey conducted last year found West Park employees ranked the organization above provincial averages in almost every category such as job flexibility, decision-making and workload.
West Park also won a Green Health Care award in energy efficiency, presented by the OHA and the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care.
It recognizes the organization’s commitment to reducing its environmental impact through conserving energy, using energy-efficient technology and finding alternative forms of energy.
“This award is further proof West Park is on the right path,” Mike Bonnah, West Park’s director of operations and logistics and chief energy conservation officer, said in a statement.
“We embarked on this path over 25 years ago and each year we make new strides in energy conservation and efficiency.”
In 2010/2011, West Park saved almost $200,000 by reducing its energy and water consumption, lessened its carbon dioxide emissions by more than 3,200 tons and donated used lighting and plumbing fixtures to community organizations such as Habitat for Humanity.
West Park provides specialized rehabilitation, complex continuing care and long-term care to patients.