VGH Gozo General Hospital holds annual Worker of the Year awards
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.