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Exceptional people and projects recognised at Auckland DHB Health Excellence Awards

Eight winners were recognised at the Auckland DHB Health Excellence Awards, held on Wednesday 27 November.

The annual awards were established by Auckland DHB leadership in 2011 to celebrate examples of excellence that make a difference to the health and wellbeing of patients and the community, and to recognise the dedication of the people behind the initiatives.

The awards are open to everyone who provides a service on behalf of Auckland DHB, from employees and contractors, to GP practices and NGOs, with the winners decided by an expert panel of judges.

Auckland DHB Chief Executive Ailsa Claire said, “These awards are a reminder of our shared purpose and values, how we all connect, and how the whole is very much more than the sum of its parts.

“I’m extremely proud to lead such a talented, dedicated and hard-working group of people, who give so much of themselves to make a difference in the lives of others.”

This year’s supreme winner was the Auckland DHB’s Healthcare Security Officers team. They won the Excellence in the Workplace category and took home the Chief Executive Award for their role creating a safer Adult Emergency Department for staff, patients and whānau.

“The development of our in-house Healthcare Security Officers team to improve safety is an outstanding example of how a values-based approach can make a real difference to how we deliver a service,” said Ailsa.

Other award-winners included:

  • Excellence in Clinical Care – Cardiac monitoring for adult patients at Auckland DHB
  • Excellence in Research – The Pipelle for pregnancy study
  • Excellence in Process and Systems – Phlebotomy supporting timely discharge
  • Excellence in Community Health and Wellbeing – Safety in practice ‘every patient, every time’
  • Living our Values Individual Award – Greta Pihema, Adult Emergency Department Nurse
  • Living our Values Team Award – Patient at Risk Team

Auckland DHB Board Chair Pat Snedden said, “Working in health is a passion. It takes dedication, resilience and above all teamwork.

“The nominees, finalists and winners are a great example of the collaborative work going on right across the DHB, in our hospitals and in the community.

“They truly show that collaboration is good for our patients, good for our people and good for the health system.”

The awards evening is made possible by the generous support of sponsor the Auckland Health Foundation.

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