Awarded for health ex­cel­lence

The Western Star - - News - JAMES LIVERIS

QUIET achiev­ers who are lead­ing the way in ru­ral and re­mote health­care had the spot­light on them last week.

South West Hos­pi­tal and Health Ser­vice staff cel­e­brated their achieve­ments at the health ser­vice’s an­nual staff ex­cel­lence awards in Roma.

SWHHS chair Jim McGowan said the awards re­ceived more than 70 nom­i­na­tions from across the health ser­vice for seven award cat­e­gories.

“The awards event was a great op­por­tu­nity to recog­nise both in­di­vid­u­als and teams for their en­dur­ing ded­i­ca­tion to pro­vid­ing qual­ity health care to the health ser­vice’s com­mu­ni­ties,” Mr McGowan said.

“It was a real priv­i­lege to wit­ness staff faces full of pride and ex­cite­ment as they ac­cepted their awards and I’m sure their suc­cess has in­spired their col­leagues.

“Work­ing in ru­ral and re­mote set­tings, our staff have a spe­cial con­nec­tion with their com­mu­ni­ties and the en­tire south­west can be very proud of all of their achieve­ments.”

Four Roma health pro­fes­sion­als took awards out in­clud­ing Joanna Tutt, Jeremy Kunde and a team award go­ing to Sharon Ed­wards and An­nette Jensen.

Phys­io­ther­a­pist Joanna Tutt took out the Qual­ity award – striv­ing for ex­cel­lence and do their best to de­liver per­son-cen­tred care.

Mr McGowan said the quiet, but high achiever pro­vided the best qual­ity care to her clients, as was the sup­port she pro­vides to her col­leagues and her pro­fes­sion.

Busi­ness man­ager Jeremy Kunde took out the Adapt­abil­ity award – show­ing will­ing­ness to learn, change and grow.

Mr McGowan said Jeremy’s early iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of the is­sues dur­ing the early stage roll­out of S/4HANA and quick re­sponse meant there was no in­ter­rup­tion to sur­gi­cal or clin­i­cal ser­vices at Roma Hos­pi­tal or the smaller fa­cil­i­ties in his port­fo­lio.

“He al­ways demon­strates the abil­ity to be adapt­able in any sit­u­a­tion,” Mr McGowan said.

Pe­ri­op­er­a­tive Ser­vices team Sharon Ed­wards and An­nette Jensen won the Jim and Jill Baker Award – awarded to the em­ployee or team who demon­strates ex­cel­lence in their cho­sen field.

Pic­tures: Con­tributed

GREAT HEALTH: Dr Sonya Man­war­ing, one of the re­cip­i­ents at the South West Hos­pi­tal and Health Ser­vice an­nual staff awards in Roma last week.

St Ge­orge’s Barry Boland and QAS Com­mis­sioner Rus­sell Bowles.

Cun­na­mulla’s Peter Brad­ford and Ste­wart Gor­don,

Carmel Pf­in­gst, Judy Frousheger and Claire Alexan­der.

Joanna Tutt of Roma with board mem­ber Stu­art Gor­don.

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