Excellence in Patient Safety Award

Please note that the awards nomination campaign will launch on October 1, at which time the online nomination form and the nomination template will become available.

The Award

This award recognizes individuals and/or teams that are committed to improving patient safety practices within the healthcare environment, through leadership, culture, best practices, innovation and change management expertise.

The recipient will receive an etched glass trophy and a cash prize of $1,000. Should the future permit us to return to an in-person event, one representative of the winning organization will also receive paid travel and accommodations to attend the College’s Honouring Health Leadership event, and a complimentary registration to the National Health Leadership Conference.

The Canadian College of Health Leaders recognizes that different healthcare sectors use different terminology to describe the individuals they serve. While the term “patient” is used for this award, it is considered an all-inclusive concept that includes all types of clients.



Individuals and teams are eligible for this award. To be considered for this award, nominees must demonstrate significant progress, investment, commitment and validation in the area of patient safety. Patient safety programs and initiatives must demonstrate measurable and sustainable results.  Established programs with positive outcomes are welcome to apply.   All submissions must satisfy the following criteria:

  • establishment of a collaborative and interprofessional team approach, that includes engaging senior management, front line clinicians and patients and families;
  • program impact/system benefit;
  • use of leading practices;
  • integration into the business plan /patient safety plan/ organizational quality improvement plan;
  • introduction of new technologies / innovative practices;
  • adoption of a comprehensive approach to program implementation (i.e. process metrics, performance indicators, educational component, benchmarking, system wide implementation, and outcomes);
  • evidence of sustainability (e.g. integration into the business / operational plan) and replicability;
  • evidence that patient safety is improved (include improvement data and sustainability of patient safety);
  • provide examples and show how the spend on the initiative they undertook creates value. 



Nominations must be made by a member of the College and submitted by February 1.

Nominations must be submitted as one PDF file via the team and organization award online form and include the following:

  • a completed nomination form (to be completed online);
  • a letter of nomination from a member of the College;
  • no more than two letters of support, with one being from the nominee’s chief executive officer or vice-president, who is a member of the College;
  • using the nomination template, outline the above criteria, demonstrate the measures that have resulted in a significant reduction in the number of injuries sustained, trend lines to show the progress, reduction statistics, actual safety records, and number of people impacted; and
  • other considerations the nominator feels may be of interest to the selection committee.

Selection Committee


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2020 Recipient: Markham Stouffville Hospital
Markham Stouffville Hospital

Through a multi-factorial falls prevention strategy approach, the working group was able to reduce the rate of harmful falls by 30% across various inpatient clinical units. Through education to staff internally and community members externally on safe falls prevention practices, this multi-factorial Falls Prevention Project has recently been recognized by Health Quality Ontario as a leading practice to reduce harmful falls and has been added to the Health Standard’s Ontario leading practice library.

This project has been instrumental in not only achieving and maintaining a steady decline of falls causing harm in the organization, it has also provided a pivotal forum to capture and include the patient, caregiver and family voice into the central core of Markham Stouffville Hospital's falls prevention programming.

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Past Recipients

Please see our most recent recipients listed below. Full biography's are available in our Celebrating Leading Practices booklets.

2020 - Markham Stouffville Hospital

2019 - University Health Network

2018 - Providence Health Care

2017 - Niagara Health

2016 - Baycrest

2015 - Mount Sinai Hospital

2014 - BC Cancer Agency (BCCA) & Vancouver General Hospital 

2013 - Mackenzie Health 

2012 - The Credit Valley Hospital and Trillium Health Centre 

2011 - The Wexford Residence