Katherine Avery from Community Health Nurse, St George Hospital. Winner of Jim and Jill Baker Award – awarded to the employee or team who demonstrates excellence in their chosen field.
Katherine Avery from Community Health Nurse, St George Hospital. Winner of Jim and Jill Baker Award – awarded to the employee or team who demonstrates excellence in their chosen field.

WINNERS: Southwest Hospital celebrates a year of achievements

SOUTH West Hospital and Health Service staff celebrated their achievements at the health service’s annual staff excellence awards virtually.

Katherine Avery from Community Health Nurse, St George Hospital. Winner of Jim and Jill Baker Award - awarded to the employee or team who demonstrates excellence in their chosen field.
Katherine Avery from Community Health Nurse, St George Hospital. Winner of Jim and Jill Baker Award - awarded to the employee or team who demonstrates excellence in their chosen field.

The awards recognised quiet achievers and team efforts from across the region.

The ‘Leading the way in rural and remote healthcare’ awards received nearly 80 nominations from across the health service for seven categories.

Five of the award categories are based on the health service’s values – quality, compassion, engagement, accountability and adaptability.

These values were adopted in 2018 and have been the driving force behind the southwest ‘leading the way in rural and remote healthcare’.

The other two awards are special awards – the longstanding Jim and Jill Baker Award

presented to the employee or team who demonstrates excellence in their chosen field and the

Community Volunteer Award presented to a staff or community member who has gone above

and beyond in helping and supporting the South West HHS.

The Board Chair’s award was the final award and is presented for outstanding commitment and service to the South West Hospital and Health Service.

Board Chair Karen Tully said the awards event was a great opportunity to recognise both

individuals and teams for their enduring dedication to providing quality health care.

“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,’’ she said.

“Working in rural and remote settings, our staff have a very special connection with their

communities and the entire South West can be very proud of all of their achievements.

“This year has seen many changes and everyone across the South West HHS has shown

resilience and dedication to being able to continue to deliver quality healthcare to our

communities.

“I’d like to thank everyone who took part in the awards, including the winners, those who were nominated and those who took the time to acknowledge their colleagues by submitting

nominations.

“The staff awards recognise employees from all professions, and it is a real accomplishment to be recognised by your work peers.

“The strong number of nominations is a clear indicator of the high standard of work being performed every day in the southwest.”

Award categories and winners are as follows:

  • Quality – We strive for excellence and do our best to deliver person-centred care.
  • Winner: Jade Vickers, Lead Wound Care Service, St George
  • Compassion – We treat people with the same kindness, respect and dignity as we would our own family.
  • Winner: Vicki Graham, Pharmacy Assistant, Roma Hospital
  • Engagement – We work effectively and inclusively with others.
  • Winner: Nicky McKellar, Nurse Practitioner Charleville
  • Accountability – We are reliable and own what we do and what we say we will do.
  • Winner: Alicia Murray, Executive Support Officer, Office of the Director of Organisational Development
  • Adaptability – We learn, change and grow.
  • Winner: Melina Brassington, Acting Service Director, Charleville Primary and Community Care
  • Community Volunteer Award – Awarded to an employee, Community Advisory Network representative or volunteer who has gone above and beyond for the SWHHS.
  • Winner: St George CAN Chair, Keith Codrington
  • Jim and Jill Baker Award – Awarded to the employee or team who demonstrates
  • excellence in their chosen field.
  • Winner: Katherine Avery, Community Health Nurse, St George Hospital
  • Board Chair’s Award
  • Awarded to: Bruce Albeck, Groundsman, Wallumbilla Community Clinic

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