VGH Gozo Gen­eral Hospi­tal holds an­nual Worker of the Year awards

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

VGH Gozo Gen­eral Hospi­tal held its an­nual Worker of the Year Awards on Thurs­day last week at Villa Fiorita in Marsal­forn. The evening marks a year of in­di­vid­ual and col­lec­tive hard work and achievement and has be­come an an­nual man­i­fes­ta­tion of team spirit and col­le­gial­ity.

Or­ga­nized en­tirely by staff mem­bers through a Staff Or­ga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee, the theme cho­sen this year was that of ‘Look­ing For­ward to Con­tin­ual Growth’. This theme, the or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee said, re­flected the growth and change be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced at present through­out the en­tire hospi­tal.

Four work­ers and four teams were nom­i­nated for the in­di­vid­ual and group awards re­spec­tively fol­lowed by vot­ing which was over­looked by a se­lec­tion com­mit­tee made up of mem­bers from out­side the hospi­tal.

VGH Gozo Gen­eral Hospi­tal CEO Na­dine Del­i­cata de­scribed the night as mem­o­rable, and one that hospi­tal em­ploy­ees looked for­ward to, year af­ter year. She praised the ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment shown by hospi­tal em­ploy­ees, of­ten in lim­ited cir­cum­stances, in their un­stint­ing ef­forts to im­prove qual­ity and de­liv­ery of care.

Joseph Sal­iba, a nurse in the Male Gen­eral Ward, was awarded the In­di­vid­ual prize for show­ing con­tin­u­ous com­mit­ment and reg­u­larly go­ing be­yond his line of duty to en­sure pa­tients are given the high­est qual­ity of care pos­si­ble.

Sim­i­larly, the Op­er­at­ing The­atre Staff were awarded for work­ing to­gether through­out chal­leng­ing times and main­tain­ing the high­est level of com­mit­ment to their pa­tients.

Speak­ing at the event, VGH CEO Dr Ar­min Ernst spoke of his ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing in hos­pi­tals and how hum­bled he has felt see­ing staff mem­bers rise to the chal­lenge and em­brace changes the hospi­tal man­age­ment was im­ple­ment­ing. All this, he said, was be­ing done in order for VGH hos­pi­tals to align them­selves to in­ter­na­tional stan­dards lead­ing to­wards Joint Com­mis­sion In­ter­na­tional Ac­cred­i­ta­tion.

“Even though the cur­rent qual­ity of care is good, ev­ery­body who walks with open eyes will agree that many fa­cil­i­ties are crum­bling and that qual­ity and ex­pe­ri­ence can and should al­ways im­prove. The foun­da­tion to this is the abil­ity to pro­vide the nec­es­sary fi­nan­cial in­vest­ments, which VGH will be re­spon­si­ble for. This in­vest­ment will pro­vide the right work­ing en­vi­ron­ment for all of us to fur­ther thrive and grow,” con­cluded Dr Ernst.

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