Health­care work­ers recog­nised

Pas­sion­ate and ded­i­cated

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Erica Mur­ree erica.mur­ree@cnbtimes.com.au

HEALTH work­ers, com­mu­nity mem­bers and or­gan­i­sa­tions from across the North Bur­nett were hon­oured for their pas­sion, ded­i­ca­tion and out­stand­ing ser­vice in Wide Bay Hospi­tal and Health Ser­vice’s an­nual Aus­tralia Day Awards.

At a spe­cial cer­e­mony in Bund­aberg, WBHHS an­nounced seven Aus­tralia Day Awards for teams and in­di­vid­u­als across the North Bur­nett, while nine team mem­bers who have served WBHHS or the Queens­land pub­lic sec­tor for more than 40 years were also recog­nised.

A sep­a­rate pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony will be held at a later date in Monto, where five awards will be pre­sented to teams, in­di­vid­u­als and one mem­ber of the com­mu­nity.

WBHHS chief ex­ec­u­tive Adrian Pen­ning­ton said our Aus­tralia Day Award win­ners rep­re­sent the very best of what our staff do each and ev­ery day.

“Our em­ploy­ees are our great­est as­set – with­out them our ser­vice is just build­ings and ex­pen­sive pieces of equip­ment. So it’s im­por­tant that we recog­nise their ef­forts, es­pe­cially when they go above and be­yond ex­pec­ta­tions to de­liver for pa­tients.

“But it’s im­por­tant to recog­nise that while these em­ploy­ees are be­ing pre­sented their awards by the ex­ec­u­tive and the board, they have been nom­i­nated by their peers. They make the whole or­gan­i­sa­tion proud.

“Im­por­tantly, some of the re­cip­i­ents this year were not WBHHS staff, but vol­un­teers who have given our or­gan­i­sa­tion and our pa­tients won­der­ful sup­port, whether through fundrais­ing or by shar­ing their can­cer treat­ment jour­ney for the ben­e­fit of oth­ers.”

WBHHS board chair Peta Jamieson – who pre­sented the awards to re­cip­i­ents along­side Mr Pen­ning­ton – said it was a priv­i­lege to be able to see close up the ex­tra­or­di­nary work be­ing done by staff across the re­gion.

“Not only is it ex­tra­or­di­nary to hear about some of the ways in which our staff have been go­ing the ex­tra mile, but it’s been a plea­sure to meet the peo­ple who have been do­ing these spe­cial jobs for more than 40 years.

Award win­ners

Biggen­den Hospi­tal Aux­il­iary – for fundrais­ing ef­forts to build Pal­lia­tive Care Unit

Michelle Kin­bacher (Biggen­den) – for her ex­cep­tional con­tri­bu­tion to Biggen­den Multi-Pur­pose Health Ser­vice and pos­i­tive in­flu­ence on aged care res­i­dents when co-or­di­nat­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

Denise Vran­tas (Eidsvold) - for con­stantly go­ing above and be­yond in her op­er­a­tional role, in­clud­ing help­ing clin­i­cal staff dur­ing an acute emer­gency sit­u­a­tion.

Wendy Bar­ber (Monto) - for con­stantly go­ing above and be­yond for pa­tients in a ca­reer span­ning al­most 40 years

Va­lerie Radel (Monto) - for ex­cep­tional ser­vice to Monto Hospi­tal and its aux­il­iary, in­clud­ing her early-morn­ing scone-bak­ing for fundrais­ing drives

Be­van Be­necke (Monto) - for his ex­cep­tional ded­i­ca­tion and will­ing­ness to help in ar­eas reg­u­larly out­side his job de­scrip­tion)

Kim Poin­ton (Monto) - breast can­cer pa­tient who bravely agreed to work with our com­mu­ni­ca­tions team on film­ing a video di­ary for can­cer aware­ness.

PHOTOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

SER­VICE RECOG­NISED: WBHHS board mem­ber Paul Dare, WBHHS chief ex­ec­u­tive Adrian Pen­ning­ton and Mun­dub­bera MPHS direc­tor of nurs­ing Jan-Adele Hotz con­grat­u­late Mun­dub­ber­aMPHS staff mem­bers whowere recog­nised for their long ser­vice of 40 plus years with Queens­land Health.

Biggen­den’s Heather MacKel­lar and He­len Proc­tor were recog­nised for 40 and 44 years’ long ser­vice re­spec­tively to Queens­land Health.

Mem­bers of the Biggen­den Hospi­tal Aux­il­iary with Biggen­den MPHS direc­tor of nurs­ing Heather MacKel­lar were among the win­ners of WBHHS Aus­tralia Day Awards.

Biggen­den's Michelle Kin­bacher re­ceives an award for her ex­cep­tional con­tri­bu­tion to Biggen­den Multi-Pur­pose Health Ser­vice and pos­i­tive in­flu­ence on aged care res­i­dents.

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