A NURSE who worked at the Maleny Soldier's Memorial Hospital for seven years has been awarded the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service's highest award.
Nicole White was awarded the Dr H. H. (Barny) Moy Memorial Medal for her consistent leadership, flexibility through change and passion for making a difference in patient care and the health service community.
Ms White, who has been promoted to Director of Nursing at Gympie Hospital, was awarded the most prestigious recognition a member of the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service can achieve at a special awards ceremony yesterday.
Almost 800 employees were also recognised for achieving milestones of service ranging from five years through to 45 years, celebrating collectively more than 8700 years of service.
SCHHS Chief Executive Kevin Hegarty said he was pleased to celebrate this year's winner of the Dr H H (Barny) Moy Memorial Medal..
"Nicole White is an outstanding leader and a strong advocate for quality patient care, leading by example to ensure not only a positive patient experience now, but also into the future,” Mr Hegarty said.
"On behalf of the entire health service, I thank Ms White for her dedication and positive attitude, for being a great role model and for ensuring quality patient care in all she does.”
Before leading the transition to the current model of care at Gympie Hospital, Ms White worked at Maleny Soldiers Memorial Hospital as a clinical nurse, nurse unit manager and then leading the team as director of nursing.
"Ms White has been integral to the ongoing development and sustainment of an exceptional and well-regarded team at Maleny, including a number of best practice and innovative models of care. While many staff contribute to such outcomes, it is effective leadership and vision that ensure successful implementation of such initiatives,” Mr Hegarty said.
"These personal qualities and dedication to her work, her colleagues, and to the provision of quality health services to the community make Ms White a worthy recipient of the Barny Moy Award 2016,” he said.
A number of Excellence Awards were also presented to either individual staff members or teams, recognising staff considered to have made an exceptional contribution to the health service over the past 12 months. This included doctors, nurses, allied health, administration, operational, technical and trades staff.
The Dr H H (Barny) Moy Memorial Medal is in memory of Dr Moy, a consultant urologist at Nambour Hospital from 1989 to 1992. He had a strong commitment to the hospital and in his memory his family established a bequest to enable the Barny Moy Medal to be awarded annually to a member of staff nominated by their peers.
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