OAK BROOK, Ill., April 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) welcomed The Ottawa Hospital (TOH), a 1,240-bed facility located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, as its second international full member; The Health Roundtable Limited in Australia was the first.
"On behalf of UHC's members and staff, I am delighted to welcome this progressive Canadian hospital into membership. The Ottawa Hospital serves patients with a number of specialty centers, including cancer, heart, kidney, vision care, women's health, and rehabilitation services, and provides care to 1.2 million people—more patients than any other hospital in Canada," said Irene M. Thompson, UHC president and chief executive officer.
TOH has a partnership with the University of Ottawa and is a bilingual multicampus health sciences center with more than 12,000 employees, 1,350 physicians, and 2,000 volunteers.
"The Ottawa Hospital's goals to become a top performer in quality and patient safety are aligned with those of UHC. We continue to help our members achieve new levels of leadership in quality, safety, and cost-effectiveness. It is clear that The Ottawa Hospital has a strong commitment to achieving high performance throughout the organization," Ms. Thompson added.
The University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC), formed in 1984, is an alliance of 113 academic medical centers and 253 of their affiliated hospitals, representing approximately 90% of the nation's nonprofit academic medical centers. UHC offers its members specific programs and services to improve clinical, operational, financial, and patient safety performance. The mission of UHC is to create knowledge, foster collaboration, and promote change to help members succeed. For more information, visit www.uhc.edu.