Hospital service in finals
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.