‘Each year these awards provide an important opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the dedicated health professionals and organisations who every single day are working to provide the best possible health care to the Victorian community,’ Premier Brumby told the 400 guests who attended the 2010 Victorian Public Healthcare Awards.
A record 310 entries were received for 18 award categories. The spotlight was on excellence and innovation. South West Healthcare excelled on both fronts during 2009-10. And, extra impressively, all during a period of workplace challenges courtesy of large scale redevelopment projects at both the organisation’s Warrnambool and Camperdown hospitals.
Accepting the award on SWH’s behalf, Board Chairman Sharon Muldoon delivered a moving speech highlighting the dedication and commitment of the 1,159 staff that make up South West Healthcare.
SWH Chief Executive Officer John Krygger reiterated Sharon’s sentiments, saying ‘all staff are to be congratulated for their significant contribution to what has been an outstanding year’.
And it certainly has been. From quality service provision and accreditation outcomes to patient and staff satisfaction and financial performance, remarkable results have been recorded during 2009-10, including:
We were also:
And the list of achievements does not end there. We invite you to our 2010 Annual General Meeting in Warrnambool on November 18 to hear more.
Meantime, many might be wondering why our envied winning, last year, for the fifth time in a row, of Victoria’s best Quality of Care Report has not yet been mentioned. That’s because we wanted to give this achievement the extra special recognition it deserves. Because, at the very same awards night this week, SWH again won – for an unheard-of sixth consecutive year, the Victorian Quality of Care Reporting Award.
Highlighting the many quality programs and initiatives currently in place across all SWH campuses, CEO John Krygger describes the win as a ‘magnificent achievement’.
Other award winners on the night included: Metropolitan Health Service of the Year – Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Rural Health Service of the Year – Robinvale District Health Services and Primary Health Service of the Year – Inner South Community Health Service.