March 10, 2020
Recognizing the tremendous opportunity to achieve safer, higher quality, more efficient, coordinated and patient-partnered healthcare, the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) and the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) are pursuing an amalgamation that would create a single quality and safety organization with an expanded capacity to improve healthcare for everyone in Canada.
CPSI and CFHI have complementary mandates and goals as pan-Canadian quality and safety improvement organizations, as well as shared stakeholders. Our organizations bring unique knowledge, approaches, and assets to the table.
“This is the beginning of the next chapter for patient safety in Canada, one where we build on the achievements of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute to turn the page on preventable harm in healthcare,” said Chris Power, CEO, CPSI. “By coming together, our organizations can achieve even greater improvements in safety and quality.”
The organizations are jointly undertaking additional due diligence and engagement with key stakeholders. A transition Board of Directors for the amalgamated organization is being appointed and a CEO-selection process will take place. In the coming months, both organizations will hold separate member meetings to vote on the decision.
“We are excited about the opportunity to create a robust pan-Canadian quality and safety improvement organization that expands our capacity to be a valued partner in shaping the future of healthcare in Canada,” said Jennifer Zelmer, President and CEO, CFHI. “Over the coming months, we look forward to engaging with stakeholders across the country and building an organization that delivers lasting improvement for more people.”
The amalgamated organization would build on CFHI and CPSI’s responsiveness to the needs of federal, provincial and territorial governments and other health system stakeholders. As we proceed down the path to amalgamation, we remain committed to our existing partnerships and to seeing through our partnership agreements.
We will continue to provide updates as we move forward with amalgamation. We are excited about the opportunity to combine our efforts towards better care, working with and for more people across Canada.