Kingston Health Sciences Centre’s (KHSC) Kingston General Hospital (KGH) site has once again been ranked as one of the top 40 hospitals in the country according to Newsweek magazine. The ranking, as part of Newsweek’s ‘World’s Best Hospitals’ list, included the KGH site at the number 40 spot in the list, which ranked only 67 of the more than 1,200 hospitals in Canada.
This is the fifth consecutive year that KHSC’s KGH site has ranked in this annual top 40 list. Newsweek’s ranking looked at a total of 1,000 hospitals across more than 27 countries.
According to a release from KHSC, hospitals were measured by a panel of medical experts, including doctors and health-care administrators, who considered patient satisfaction scores, patient-reported outcome measures, key performance indicators, and overall reputation.
“What’s most impressive to me is that, despite facing significant challenges this year, KHSC continues to prove that we are a world-class institution by nearly any measure,” said President and CEO Dr. David Pichora. “We continue to operate two of the oldest hospital sites in Canada, so I can confidently say this ranking isn’t just a result of us having the best facilities. This ranking is directly attributable to our teams who are absolutely amongst the best and most skilled in the country.”
The ranking also demonstrates that, despite its size, patients in Kingston and southeastern Ontario continue to have access to the type of highly specialized care that is typically only offered in larger cities across Canada, the health care organization stated.
“Many of the hospitals that rank ahead of us on the list are located in much bigger communities like Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, or Vancouver,” Pichora said. “This is an indication of truly how unique KHSC is in the Canadian health care landscape. We provide highly specialized care closer to home for patients within the region, but we have also shown that we are a valuable resource to the rest of Ontario when we have been called on throughout the pandemic.”
This is the second time in as many months that KHSC has been ranked as a premier Canadian health care organization. In January, KHSC was named one of Canada’s top 40 research hospitals by Research Infosource.
“As a large academic institution, our two primary focuses are research and front-line delivery of patient care, and these two rankings demonstrate that we are best in class,” Pichora said.
According to the release, KHSC has continued to improve and expand services that are offered to patients and families. Over the last year, KHSC has:
- Opened the state-of-the art Breast Imaging Kingston facility.
- Expanded the regional renal (kidney) program, assuming the operation of the dialysis clinic in Brockville and offering additional kidney care services in Belleville.
- Accepted dozens of pediatric patients from across Ontario during the triple-threat wave of RSV, Influenza and COVID-19 this autumn/winter.
- Became the first hospital in Canada to implement an innovative system that delivers contrast dye to patients during CT scans.
- Expanded the services available for individuals with eating disorders in our region.
- Been recognized by Accreditation Canada as having a world-class regional stroke program.
- Assumed the operations of three key early childhood development programs, such as speech language pathology, from Public Health.
“Over the last few years, our ability to expand and innovate has people across the province taking notice,” said Dr. Pichora. “Together, KHSC has expanded far beyond what we could have ever achieved as Kingston General Hospital or Hotel Dieu Hospital separately, and we should all be very proud of what we have accomplished.”
To see this year’s Newsweek rankings, visit: https://www.newsweek.com/rankings/worlds-best-hospitals-2023/canada