KGH named among Canada’s best hospitals

Kingston General Hospital is one of Canada’s top hospitals, according to a list published this week by the American publication Newsweek.

Newsweek shared its global rankings, as well as breaking down hospital rankings within countries.

KGH is being touted as the 36th best hospital in Canada among the 66 countrywide that were ranked, boasting a score of 71.82% and actually improving one spot from reports earlier this week.

The list named Toronto General as the top hospital in Canada, listed at 4th overall among medical facilities globally.

Hospitals were ranked by panels of medical experts, physicians and health-care administrators while also drawing feedback based on patient satisfaction scores and key performance indicators from each country.

The study also notes that scores are not meant to be compared between countries.

In a statement from Kingston Health Sciences Center (KHSC), President and CEO Dr. David Pichora said the city of Kingston is “punching above its weight” to be included in this list.

“This ranking shows that despite being a smaller city, Kingston is really punching above its weight in both Canada and on the world stage,” said Dr. Pichora.

“Many of the hospitals ahead of us on the list are located in much bigger communities such as Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton. This ranking is a testament to not only our key academic partnership with Queen’s University, but also the skill and dedication of staff and physicians across the organization.”

Based on Newsweek’s list, only five hospitals ranked higher than KGH are located in smaller city centers than Kingston.

KHSC continues in their news release that despite ongoing challenges from the pandemic, the Kingston health network has been able to implement a number of service improvements over the last two years:

  • Opened a new state-of-the-art hybrid operating room.
  • Became one of the few hospitals to offer new surgical procedures for patients suffering from faulty heart valves.
  • Became the first to offer portable MRI services to individuals living in remote northern communities.
  • Offered new treatments for patients with brain aneurisms.
  • Expanded diagnostic-assessment programs for people with lung cancer.
  • Chosen to be one of only four Infectious Disease Sequencing labs in Ontario to lead the COVID-19 genomic surveillance initiatives for new emerging variants of concern.

“Our ability to continue to expand our services and innovate across our entire organization, all while navigating staff shortages during a pandemic is a real credit to our health-care teams,” Dr. Pichora said in the news release.

“I am incredibly proud of this recognition and everyone at KHSC that made this possible.”

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