Alberta Health Services achieves Canadian Compassionate Company (CCC) designation

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Alberta Health Services achieves Canadian Compassionate Company (CCC) designation

November 1, 2018 (Ottawa, Ontario) The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA)’s Champion’s Council is pleased to announce that Alberta Health Services (AHS) has been designated a Canadian Compassionate Company (CCC). AHS has earned the CCC designation award because of its continuing commitment to support employees that are caring for seriously ill/injured loved ones.

The Canadian Compassionate Companies (CCC) designation is awarded to Canadian employers who support their employees that have taken on the vital role of caring for seriously ill/injured loved ones. By supporting their employees who have taken on this difficult task, the employer plays a significant and positive role in the caregiving process. Accordingly, the CHPCA’s Champion’s Council is delighted that AHS meets the required criteria to become a part of the Canadian Compassionate Companies (CCC).

“As a healthcare organization, we understand the importance of palliative care and advance care planning. The CCC designation reflects our commitment to show our people compassion and support when facing critical life events with their family, in the many forms that family may take,” says Todd Gilchrist, AHS Vice President of People, Legal and Privacy. “Extended leaves allow our staff to take the time they need when dealing with end-of-life care. By taking care of our people, we know, in turn, we provide safer and higher quality care to all Albertans.”

Russell Williams, Chair of CHPCA’s Champion’s Council stated that, “I am delighted to welcome Alberta Health Services to the Canadian Compassionate Company program. The CHPCA’s CCC designation award distinguishes employers that continue to support their employees dealing with the difficult task of providing care for a loved one facing a serious illness/injury.  Compassion is part of the Alberta Health Services business and they also show this same compassion to their employees. The CHPCA’s Champions Council is happy to recognize Alberta Health Services’ commitment to their employees.”

AHS joins many other companies that have recently achieved this important designation, demonstrating strong leadership in human resource policy among their corporate Canadian peers. Information about AHS is available on their website.

Formed in 2010, the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association’s (CHPCA) Champion’s Council is comprised of key Canadian leaders who have offered to advance the profile of hospice palliative care across the country. More information on the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association’s Champion’s Council and the Canadian Compassionate Company (CCC) designation is available on CHPCA’s website at www.chpca.net.

For Media enquiries:
Cristina Deroo
Communications Officer
Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA)
T: (613) 241-3663
cderoo@chpca.net

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