The hospital standardized mortality ratio (HSMR) is an important measurement tool for hospitals and health regions that compares a hospital's death rate with the overall overage rate. When tracked over time the HSMR indicates how successful hospitals or health regions have been in reducing inpatient deaths and improving care. HSMR helps consumers indirectly by providing hospital with a starting point to access mortality rates and identify areas for performance improvement.
CIHI has made HSMR results public only for "eligible" hospitals - those with more than 2,500 HSMR cases. It has not released results for hospitals, like ours, with less than 2,500 HSMR cases in any of the reporting years because low numbers make the results less stable and, therefore, less reliable.
Ontario's hospitals are among the most accountable anywhere, and our hospital takes a great deal of pride in how open and transparent we are to the people we serve. The purpose of HSMR is to show statistically stable and reliable information.
We encourage the public to refer to the LHIN-Level result, which can give you an indication of performance on this particular indicator in this region.
HSMR results for the LHIN may be accessed by clicking here.