Awards highlight the great work of staff and volunteers across Wide Bay health

Through Patients Eyes winner Kobi Pollock with WBHHS executive member Fiona Sewell.

Annual Excellence Awards recognised Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service (WBHHS) staff’s outstanding achievements in the face of escalating presentation numbers and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Many of the award categories are based on the WBHHS values of collaboration, accountability, respect, excellence, through patients’ eyes, while other awards include cultural connections, volunteer and board ambassadors.

WBHHS board chair Peta Jamieson said the awards were an important way to recognise clinical and non-clinical staff as well as volunteers.

“The awards provide an opportunity to recognise how our teams display our values each day as they collaborate, strive for excellence, respect each other and their patients, maintain accountability for their actions and ensure their patients are at the centre of everything they do,” Ms Jamieson said.

The Every Value Every Day award went to food services manager Don Christie for going to extraordinary lengths to put quality care at the centre of everything his team did, and supporting his staff to be the best they could be.

Other award winners were:

• Collaboration – Shatter The Stigma committee (across region);

• Accountability – Nurse Manager Teams (Hervey Bay, Maryborough and Bundaberg);

• Respect – Dr Himali Ihalagama (Hervey Bay obstetrics and gynaecology);

• Excellence – International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (across region);

• Through Patients’ Eyes – Kobi Pollock (Bundaberg Hospital paediatrics);

• Cultural Connections – Corsino Bacatan (Hervey Bay nurse navigator);

• Volunteer – Sandra Nagel (Maryborough chaplain); and

• Board Ambassadors – Ramen Kaur (Bundaberg), Leighann Lyttle (Hervey Bay), Fiona Prescott (Maryborough) and Loretta Mooney (Biggenden).

WBHHS chief executive Debbie Carroll said the annual awards were an excellent reminder that everyday actions and commitment made a real difference to patient care.

“Our hospital and services across the region have faced unprecedented growth in demand and the Covid-19 pandemic – so it’s easy for staff to be too busy to actually reflect on what they’ve achieved,” Ms Carroll said.

“Looking at the finalists and winners, it’s really pleasing to see so much diversity – in the geographic areas people are from, in the services they provide and the projects they’ve been working on.”