Better Together Campaign Welcomes Two New Canadian Exemplar Hospitals
IPFCC welcomes Kingston General Hospital (KGH), Ontario, Canada, and Providence Health Care (PHC), British Columbia, Canada, to the roster of Better Together exemplar hospitals that successfully have changed "visiting" policies to family presence policies. These exemplars are models for IPFCC's Better Together: Partnering with Families campaign, which calls upon on all hospitals to welcome families 24 hours a day, embracing the idea that patients' families and loved ones are included in care and decision-making according to patient preferences.
The Better Together exemplar hospitals differ in type, size, and geographic location. What they have in common is their commitment to, and success in, changing their policies and practices from viewing families as "visitors" to viewing families (as defined by the patient) as partners. These hospitals are committed to working directly with patients and their families as part of the care team. IPFCC's website features a short profile of each exemplar organization, describing key steps and strategies used in the change process. Read more...
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