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Public Accountability

Within all our services and programs, we are committed to maintaining and continuously improving the quality and safety of our care for women, newborns and families.

ThinkstockPhotos-rbrb_0553.jpgBC Women’s is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority. Please see the Quick links for information about our Board of Directors and Accountability.

BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre is accreditation with Exemplary Standing . This is the highest level of accreditation granted to a health care organization following an assessment of the quality of its services in the context of nationally accepted standards.

Achieving accredition with Exemplary Standing  demonstrates the tremendous work done here every day for our patients and their families.
BC Women’s is dedicated to improving quality health care through Accreditation Canada’s Qmentum program. The accreditation process is an ongoing continuous quality improvement cycle culminating with a multi-day surveyor visit approximately every four years. Our most recent survey took place in June 2023. We have attained the highest level of performance, achieving excellence in meeting the requirements of the accreditation program.

We are committed to ensuring the safety of all our patients and their families, visitors, physicians, and staff. Through this process we demonstrate our commitment to patient safety and delivering continuous quality health care services.

At BC Women’s we are guided by and follow provincial patient bill of rights. For more information, visit:

We have a number of ways to recognize our staff, volunteers and physicians for the great work that they do. We also recognize how important feedback is from patients and families, too, which is why we have a Patient Care Quality Office (PCQO). 


BC Women's is the largest tertiary care hospital in Canada to be designated Baby-friendly.

Being Baby-friendly means we support women's informed choices about infant feeding. We are committed to promoting, protecting and supporting breastfeeding, and to ensuring that all families receive information to support their infant feeding choices. 

Part of a global movement

It is a global initiative from the WHO/UNICEF that encourages health care providers to give care based on the best available evidence to support families to make informed infant feeding choices. 

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