Recognised for outstanding service
STAFF members at the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service have been recognised for their outstanding service at an Australia Day Achievement Awards ceremony.
Fellow staff members nominated individuals and staff who made a contribution worthy of recognition, with the winners chosen by the executive team.
Team winners included the surgery team for improving waiting times, the oral health team for strategic and operational planning and the department of emergency medicine for excellent emergency care.
Yesterday, the Bundaberg Production Committee was recognised for its exceptional work in the production of Pirates of Coral Cove.
This was a staff-organised and implemented theatrical production, which provided a vehicle for team-building and creativity for staff of Bundaberg Hospital, in addition to raising $9500.
Committee member Martin Kidd said the people involved in the show got a lot out of it and the award simply confirmed that the health service recognised its efforts.
"We couldn't do what we have done and will continue to do without the support of the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service board," he said.
"It doesn't matter where in the hospital you worked - we had surgeons, ward attendants, nursing staff and all sorts of people involved."
Mr Kidd said another production was set for later in the year called A Matter of Taste and without giving too much away suggested it may feature "vampires in a hospital".
Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service board chairman Dominic Devine said it was an honour to present the awards.
"The Australia Day Achievement Awards recognise some of the outstanding contributions that individuals and teams have made in the last year to providing high standards of health care to our community and assisting their fellow staff.
"Each and every day the WBHHS staff do an incredible job providing the best health care to local patients, both our clinical and non-clinical staff should be proud of what they do to serve our local communities."
Individual staff members recognised included Monto Hospital director of nursing Tracie Pattie and two members of the Project Nightlife team Tenielle Wilson-English and Katrina English.