Friendlies hospital stars at awards

THE Friendly Society Private Hospital has shown it does more than just care for patients, after it was named Bundaberg's best business of 2010.

The hospital was presented with the Business of the Year in the Bundaberg Radiology Business Excellence Awards on Friday night, as well as the Health Service Award section.

Hospital CEO Alan Cooper said the prestigious award reflected company policies.

“It is very exciting,” he said.

“It's good for the whole organisation to be the beneficiaries of the awards.

“It reflects the efforts of the whole of the team and it's one of the best teams that I have worked with in my career.”

The hospital is currently undergoing major renovations, but it certainly is not the first time there has been big change at the facility.

“The organisation is consistently growing,” he said.

“We bought an existing small hospital cottage in 1946 and since then it's been nothing but a growth success – 70% of the existing floor space has been redeveloped.”

Mr Cooper said while almost constant building work had featured in the 13 years since he started with the hospital, it was the contribution of staff that was the most important.

“It's good to have nice facilities, but it's more important to have staff who want to come to work, and that's what we reflect in our service,” he said.

“What really makes our business successful are the people who work in it.

“When we look at our success over the years and the care we have been able to provide, we certainly are a quality organisation.”

Mr Cooper said the hospital was one of the best regional care facilities in Queensland.

“The physical facilities are quite amazing,” he said.

“We have people coming from the Wesley and they can't believe we have this hospital in a regional area.

“The reality is the Friendlies stands out.”

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