Saint Elizabeth Health Care Receives Canada Order of Excellence

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MARKHAM, Ontario, Oct. 22, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Saint Elizabeth Health Care (SEHC) has been recognized by Excellence Canada with its highest level of achievement, the Canada Order of Excellence Award. SEHC earned the prestigious award in the category of Excellence, Innovation and Wellness (formerly quality and wellness). His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, is the Vice-Regal Patron of the Canada Awards for Excellence.

This is the third time Saint Elizabeth has received recognition from Excellence Canada. The Canada Order of Excellence is awarded to organizations that have met or exceeded strict criteria related to leadership, planning, programs, customer / client focus, people engagement, process management, and partner relations.

Saint Elizabeth Health Care is the first home and community care service provider to have earned this ranking. Beyond SEHC's "visible, engaged leadership, lifelong learning culture and staff recognition programs," the Award's verification panel praised SEHC for its customer focus, client satisfaction and community programs that are empowering individuals and families in new ways. Excellence Canada also recognized the innovation permeating through the organization, adding that SEHC is a role model for the entire health care sector.

"Saint Elizabeth Health Care exemplifies the very best in health care in this country," noted Excellence Canada in its extensive evaluation of the non-profit charitable health care provider. "Saint Elizabeth shows a genuine caring for people. Innovation is evident throughout operations."

"Home and community care has an increasing critical role to play within our health system as the country continues to experience changes in demographics, technology and knowledge exchange," says Shirlee Sharkey, President and CEO of Saint Elizabeth.

"Relationships with organizations like Excellence Canada support our focus to be fully engaged and responsive to people's evolving needs. This award validates the approach we take to always look beyond ourselves."

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Ron Currie, VP Communications & Marketing
Saint Elizabeth Health Care ▪ 905-968-6465 ▪

About Saint Elizabeth Health Care

Saint Elizabeth has been a trusted name in Canadian health care for more than a century and is a leader in responding to client, family and system needs. As an award-winning not-for-profit and charitable organization, Saint Elizabeth is known for its track record of social innovation and breakthrough clinical practices. Our team of more than 6,500 nurses, rehab therapists, personal support workers and crisis intervention staff deliver over five million health care visits annually.

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