Hos­pi­tal ser­vice in fi­nals

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - NEWS -

THE Wide Bay Hos­pi­tal and Health Ser­vice is one of the fi­nal­ists in the run­ning for a pres­ti­gious in­ter­na­tional health award.

Six other hos­pi­tal groups from across Aus­tralia, Ja­pan, South Africa and the United Arab Emi­rates are also in the run­ning for the In­ter­na­tional Hos­pi­tal Fed­er­a­tion’s Grand Award. The win­ners will be an­nounced at the World Hos­pi­tal Con­gress in Oc­to­ber.

It marks a turn­around for the or­gan­i­sa­tion in its per­for­mance and ser­vice delivery since its in­cep­tion in 2012. WBHHS board chair Peta Jamieson said the or­gan­i­sa­tion was in a vastly dif­fer­ent po­si­tion com­pared to when it started.

“When WBHHS started life in 2012, it in­her­ited a $45 million deficit and a per­for­mance record that in­cluded max­i­mum waits of up to three years for elec­tive surgery and up to 12 years for out­pa­tient ser­vices,” Ms Jamieson said.

“(We now have) no long waits for elec­tive surgery, out­pa­tients or en­doscopy ap­point­ments, and we’re in a bal­anced fi­nan­cial po­si­tion.”

About 120 health or­gan­i­sa­tions from 33 coun­tries across the world sub­mit­ted en­tries for the IHF awards, with 27 fi­nal­ists cho­sen among four award cat­e­gories.

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