UnitingCare Health recognises hospital innovation and excellence

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The exceptional level of service and innovation across UnitingCare Health facilities was showcased at the 2015 Innovation and Excellence Awards last month.

In its eighth year, the event recognises the work being achieved by staff at UnitingCare Health hospitals and group services.

UnitingCare Health executive director Richard Royle said the individuals and teams nominated for the awards were truly deserving of the recognition.

“It is a pleasure to formally recognise the outstanding achievements of our staff across the organisation,” Mr Royle said.

“These awards are about recognising vision, leadership, innovation and service and I am very proud that our staff are not only achieving excellence in clinical and non-clinical outcomes but are implementing initiatives that will make a real difference for our patients in the future.

“Congratulations to all the individual and team winners and nominees who have so strongly displayed the UnitingCare Health values of compassion, respect, justice, working together and leading through learning in everything they do in the workplace.”

The awards were presented across six categories: excellence in patient outcomes; outstanding service to others; visionary leadership; innovation for success; environmental sustainability for the future; and living values.

Excellence in patient outcomes

1. A multifaceted approach to reducing patient falls – St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital (winner)
2. Project GIST – St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital – The SAWMH Allied Health team (finalist)

Innovation for success

1. Wesley Hospital Student Centre – The Wesley Hospital (winner)
2. Afternoon Snapshot – The Wesley Hospital (finalist)
3. Wesley Breast Screening Program Digital Transformation – The Wesley Hospital (finalist)

Outstanding service to others

1. CARPS – Creating a responsive professional service – St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital (winner)

Visionary leadership

1. Noel Kahler Leadership Program –The Wesley Hospital (winner)
2. Quality e-Learning Package – The Sunshine Coast Private Hospital(finalist)

Environmental sustainability for the future

1. Using Community Connections to reuse and recycle hospital waste which meet community needs – The Sunshine Coast Private Hospital (winner)
2. Degradable Landfill Plastic bags – The Sunshine Coast Private Hospital (finalist)
3. DVT Sleeve Remanufacturing Programme – UnitingCare Queensland Group Procurement (finalist)

Achievement of excellence in living values

1. Rae Priaulx – St Stephen’s Hospital (winner)
2. 2014 Graduate Nurse Team – St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital (finalist)
3. Rob Broomhall – The Sunshine Coast Private Hospital (finalist)
4. Connie Cross – UnitingCare Health Group (finalist)
5. Donna Shanks – The Wesley Hospital (finalist)

Special Commendation Award

Dr Monica Trujillo – The Sunshine Coast Private Hospital and St Stephen’s Hospital – for medical engagement supporting Electronic Medical Record adoption

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