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HHCC is accredited with Exemplary Standing from Accreditation Canada. We are among only a few elite hospitals across Canada to receive the highest possible designation from Accreditation Canada. 

We have consistently met 100% of the Required Organizational Practices (ROPs) and 99.9% of almost 2,300 standards. A few areas that Accreditation Canada recognized at HHCC include:

•    Engaged physicians and strong leadership committed to delivering quality care
•    A visible and unwavering commitment to infection control in every area of the organization
•    Impressive culture of patient safety and focus on quality improvement initiatives across the hospital
•    Exceptional and unique approach to ethics
•    Use and implementation of HealthLinks

HHCC is one of thousands of health services organizations across the country reviewed by Accreditation Canada to help improve the quality of care and service provided to patients. HHCC has been participating in the accreditation process since 1995.


Dr. David Scott Award

The Dr. David Scott award recognizes an individual or organization that has made a positive impact on the quality of health care through their service to the community, leadership, advocacy or by strengthening the integration of care in the community. 

Previous Award Recipients
Previous award recipients have been selected for advocacy in many areas, including improving accessibility, fundraising and volunteer leadership with local organizations, improving long-term care, recruiting physicians, establishing after-hours clinics and promoting violence prevention.

This year, the award was presented to the entire team at Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health for making a positive impact on the quality of care through their service to the community.

In 2020, co-recipients were family physicians, Dr. Charlie Joyce and Dr. Michael Gagnon for going above and beyond to care for patients in the hospital and in the community.

In 2019, Tom Reid, Chief, Dufferin County Paramedic Services and Dr. Godron Willans were both recognized with the award. Tom Reid is a lifelong resident of Shelburne and has devoted his entire 35-year career to paramedic services in the community. He is known as an exemplary leader, innovative thinker, compassionate professional and a driving force in shaping and supporting the paramedic profession in Ontario. Dr. Gordon Willans has worked as an internist for over four decades providing care described by colleagues and patients as nothing short of exemplary. He was a trusted colleague of Dr. David Scott and was instrumental in bringing to fruition the creation of Headwaters Health Care Centre. His dedication to patients, community and health care in Ontario is truly significant.

In 2018 Dr. Cathy Candusso and Dr. Mercedes Rodriguez shared the award for their work as leaders in pioneering a more coordinated palliative care effort among physicians, the hospital and community to ensure better end-of-life support and care for patients and their families.

In 2017, Drs. Stephen and Stephanie Milone were recognized with the award. Dr. Stephen Milone, an anesthetist, and Dr. Stephanie Milone, an Emergency physician, have been practicing medicine at Headwaters Health Care Centre for over a decade, and are the incredible force behind a wealth of community service contributions including volunteerism, education, mentorship work, and numerous fundraising initiatives supporting the local community, international medical missions, and the advancement of the medical community.

In 2016, Lynn Sinclair-Smith, coordinator of the Friendship Gardens won the award for her leadership and contributions to the health and well-being of the community. Lynn is the organizing and fundraising force behind the ‘Friendship Gardens’ at the hospital. Under her strong leadership and guidance, and with the help of local volunteers, Lynn and her team care for 12 different gardens with over 450 trees. 

Nomination Process
The Dr. David Scott Award is presented at the HHCC Annual General Meeting each year.
Do you know an individual or organization leading transformative health care change right here in Dufferin County? If so, consider nominating them for the Dr. David Scott Award.

For more information, please contact Christina Veneziale, Executive Assistant to the President & CEO and Board of Directors, at 519.941.2702 ext. 2018 or

About Dr. David Scott
Dr. Scott graduated in medicine from the University of Toronto (1956), with a Fellowship in General Surgery (1962), and practiced general surgery in Orangeville from 1962 – 1997. He provided outstanding leadership in health care in our community and played a vital role in recruiting physicians with the Greater Dufferin Area Physician Search Committee. Dr. David Scott passed away in early 2020. We are proud to continue honoring his legacy. 

Communities in bloom

The Friendship Gardens at HHCC have received national accolades, with special mention as part of the Town of Orangeville’s national Communities in Bloom award win both in 2016 and 2018.

The Friendship Gardens at HHCC were created in 1997 for the year-round comfort of patients, families, staff and volunteers. The Gardens are a collection of 20 distinct gardens and water features, with over 400 trees, designed and maintained by a group of 20 active volunteers and supported by community donations. The Gardens can be seen from every patient room at the hospital. Specialty handmade art windows were created and installed in the Intensive Care Unit.