The global health care initiative Change Day launches in Ontario

TORONTO, Sept. 12, 2017 /CNW/ – Launching today, Change Day Ontario is part of a global movement, designed to empower people within the health system to make positive changes through making pledges and taking actions, big or small, to improve compassionate quality care.

“Healthcare workers are the backbone of the healthcare system,” says Gail Paech, Associated Medical Services CEO. “They know what changes will make the difference to compassionate, patient-centred care and how to improve their work environments.”

From now until November 17, 2017, anyone engaged within or touched by the health system is invited to participate by making a pledge. The pledge can be anything from spending a day in a wheelchair to better understand the patient experience to teaching seniors social media skills to decrease isolation and depression.

“A culture of quality in our health care system can happen when everyone participates in the process of improvement” says Dr. Joshua Tepper, President and Chief Executive Officer, Health Quality Ontario. “Change Day Ontario is a chance to remind ourselves that we can all make a difference through acts of change, big and small.”

Originating in the UK, Change Day has now spread to many countries, and most recently to Canada in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and, now, Ontario. To date, over 40 organizations from across the provinces have joined Change Day Ontario.

Change Day Ontario is being sponsored by Associated Medical Services (AMS) and Health Quality Ontario. To learn more please visit,

About Associated Medical Services (AMS) 
AMS is a small Canadian Charitable Foundation with an impressive history as a catalyst for change in Canadian Healthcare. For almost 80 years, AMS has had profound impact on the healthcare of Canadians through its support of the history of medicine and healthcare, healthcare provider education and compassionate patient care. Learn more at

About Health Quality Ontario 
Health Quality Ontario is the provincial advisor on the quality of health care. With the goal of excellent care for all Ontarians, Health Quality Ontario reports to the public on how the system is performing, develops standards for what quality care looks like, evaluates the effectiveness of new health care technologies and services, and promotes quality improvement aimed at sustainable positive change. Visit for more information.

SOURCE Change Day Ontario

For further information: Jessica McGraw, e., p. 647-385-9158


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