Homewood Health Centre honoured with Canada Awards for Excellence

- Order of Excellence Award in Quality and Healthy Workplace -

GUELPH, Ontario, October 25, 2101 /Canada NewsWire/ - The National Quality Institute (NQI) has bestowed its highest honour - the Canada Awards for Excellence Order of Excellence Award - in Quality and Healthy Workplace categories, to Homewood Health Centre, of Guelph, Ontario, one of the leading mental health and addictions treatment facilities in Canada.

Edgardo Pérez, MD, CEO and President, and Joe Power, Manager, Special Projects, attended the 26th Annual Canada Awards for Excellence Celebration, held October 20 at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto.

"We are delighted that Homewood has again been honoured as one of the top organizations in Canada," said Dr. Pérez. "Homewood has created a culture of excellence and we are committed to continuous quality improvement. But excellence is more than policies and procedures. In a facility such as Homewood, our staff breathe life into those policies, each day, in their interactions with patients, in the caring and compassion they bring to their jobs and in their commitment to improving lives. This is a proud moment for Homewood, but this achievement belongs to the people of Homewood, who help us achieve excellence at all levels of the organization."

"Excellence is not achieved overnight, but often takes a long time to bring to maturity," said Joe Power. "Homewood is fortunate to have had 127 years to set the standard for excellence, supported by a group of caring, compassionate staff."

The Canada Awards for Excellence (CAE) recognize Canadian organizations that have demonstrated sustainable measures of continuous improvement through innovation, productivity, healthy workplace and ethics. The awards are based on the National Quality Institute's Framework for Organizational Excellence, which is used by numerous organizations as a management model for continuous improvement and the achievement of significant operational results. The Order of Excellence Award - Quality and Healthy Workplace recognizes organizations that have successfully maintained a focus on excellence over the long term and have previously received the CAE Gold Trophy. In the past 26 years, NQI has honoured 370 public, private and not-for-profit organizations.

The National Quality Institute is a not-for-profit, independent organization whose goal is to help Canadian private and public sector organizations implement programs of excellence. The National Quality Institute works with organizations to manage self-assessment activities, review business processes, and develop improvement programs. For more information on the Canada Awards for Excellence, go to NQI's web site

Homewood Health Centre is a leader in mental health and addiction treatment, providing specialized psychiatric services to all Canadians. Located in Guelph, Ontario, in a beautiful setting on the banks of the Speed River, Homewood has been improving lives since 1883. Unique in Canadian health care, Homewood is a highly specialized provincial and national resource. A fully accredited facility, Homewood has always achieved the highest standards of care.