Excellence Awards celebrate achievements of health staff

Hunter New England Health (HNE Health) staff and volunteers who strive to improve the experience of patients have been recognised at the 2015 Hunter New England Health Excellence Awards at Newcastle City Hall.

The annual Excellence Awards is a very special event in the organisation’s calendar, as it acknowledges the people and projects that have improved patient care across the District and celebrates the organisation’s achievements over the past 12 months.

Hunter New England Health Chief Executive Michael DiRienzo said the Excellence Awards were again met with great enthusiasm, with 37 finalists chosen from more than 130 nominations across 15 categories.

“The quality and quantity of nominations highlights the exceptional contribution Hunter New England Health staff and volunteers have made in their roles and to the broader community,” Mr DiRienzo said.

“Last night’s event was a chance to not only celebrate our achievements in clinical excellence, quality, and innovation, but also to highlight the dedication and commitment of our people. Our staff are innovative thinkers who are always striving to do better for our patients,” he said.

The Excellence Awards incorporate the Achievement Awards as well as the Quality Awards. The Awards program strongly aligns with Hunter New England Health’s strategic goals and the principles of Excellence.

“Excellence is all about putting our patients, our clients and our consumers at the centre of everything we do. It is about providing people with the sort of experience that shows they are not a medical record number or a diagnosis or a disease, but a person who we will do our very best for every time they use our services,” he said.

The Achievement Awards encourage and reward outstanding performance and are open to all individuals, teams and volunteers within HNE Health.

The Quality Awards recognise the excellent work of teams that have increased the standard of care by improving the delivery of service to patients.

“As an organisation, Hunter New England Health is recognised as a leader in the healthcare industry with a strong reputation for fostering learning and translating that into improved clinical practice,” he said.

The 2015 Excellence Awards celebration dinner would not have been possible without the generous support of the following organisations:

  • First State Super
  • QBE
  • NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI)
  • Prosperity Salary Packing
  • BOC HealthCare
  • HMRI
  • Event Cinemas Glendale
  • helloworld Hunter Travel Group
  • Studer Group
  • My Credit Union
  • Chandler Macleod


Achievement Awards

Clinical Team of the Year
Sponsored by NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI)

Neuropsychiatry Service
Hunter New England Mental Health, Morisset and Mater Campuses

Collaborative Leader of the Year
Sponsored by Studer Group

Ashley Young
Senior Clinical Business Analyst, Information Technology

Staff Member for the Year
Sponsored by Prosperity Salary Packaging

Sussan Maybury
District Aboriginal Family Health Co-ordinator, Violence Prevention and Care, Tamworth Hospital

Support Team of the Year
Sponsored by Event Cinemas Glendale

Patient Flow Unit
Clinical Services, Nursing and Midwifery

Volunteer/s of the Year
Sponsored by First State Super

Individual winner – Joy Reid, Hunter New England Imaging
Group winner – All Stumps, Volunteer Amputee Support, Rankin Park Rehabilitation Unit

Excellence in Workplace Safety
Sponsored by QBE

Facilities Management Unit, Finance

Quality Awards

Category - Patients as Partners
Sponsored by NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI)

Patient Driven Radiotherapy Information Movies
North West Cancer Centre, Tamworth Hospital

Category - Integrated Health Care
Sponsored by QBE

Joint winners:

HNE Health Pathways – A New Way of Working Together
Acute Networks Research, Innovation and Partnerships

Towards Excellence – Quality Integrated Care for the Older Person
Aged Care Emergency (ACE), Clinical Services, Nursing & Midwifery

Translational Research
Sponsored by HMRI

Joint winners:
Reduced Heparin Use in Haemodialysis
John Hunter Hospital Medical and Interventional Services

Transforming Acute Stroke Care Globally and Locally
Acute Networks & Research, Innovations and Partnerships

Category - Local Solutions
Sponsored by First State Super

Maternity HealthPathways – Walking the Right Path Together
John Hunter Hospital Maternity and Gynaecology

Category – Preventative Health
Sponsored by Prosperity Salary Packaging

Closing the Gap in Child & Family Health Nursing
Children, Young People and Families

Category - Collaborative Team
Sponsored by BOC Healthcare

Rapid Access Colonoscopy Positive Faecal Occult Blood Test
Acute Networks, Clinical Governance, Research Innovation and Partnerships

Category - Infection Prevention
Sponsored by helloworld Hunter Travel Group

Preventing Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI)
Clinical Services and Nursing and Midwifery

Category - Junior Medical Officer Award for Patient Safety and Quality Improvement

Junior Medical Officer Quality and Safety Committee

NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) Rural Innovation Award

Patient Driven Radiotherapy Information Movies
North West Cancer Centre, Tamworth Hospital

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