Devoted hospital staff win award over efforts

THE hard work and dedication of Auburn Hospital staff was recognised at The AQuAs, also known as the Auburn Quality Awards.

The awards have been running since 2016 and celebrate the incredible efforts staff make to improve safety and quality of care for patients.
While the finalists were invited to attend the ceremony in the hospital’s outdoor courtyard, other staff watched via a livestream with cupcakes delivered across the hospital to ensure they could all celebrate.
The three major project awards went to “Baby Steps”, a program aimed at helping women form western Sydney gain faster access to high-quality care earlier in their pregnancy; Auburn Emergency Department’s ‘Elevating the Patient Experience’; and ‘Sharing Dignity: An Integrated Approach’, which provides sanitary products to women in need at Auburn Hospital through a formal partnership with Share the Dignity.
The ‘Don’t Forget Me, Take Care of Me, Take Me Out’ – a program to implement best practice of intravenous cannula care and management, was the AQuA People’s Choice Winner.
Bo Fu was awarded Nurse of the Year, as well as being recognised for her work during the pandemic, while other award recipients were; Allied Health Professional of the Year, Nicole Odewahn; Midwife of the Year, Helen Mou; Corporate Services Professional of the Year, Heidi Engelbrecht; Doctor of the Year, Dr Kerf Tan; Manager of the Year, joint winners Carlos Chavez and Miao Shui; and Department of the Year, Auburn Hospital Emergency Department.
Special Pandemic Awards recognised those who went above and beyond in responding to the Covid-19 pandemic including: Samuel Liu, Jamie Jones, Jennifer Celkys, Kristina Roberts, Mi Jeoung, Bo Fu and Kellie Hottes.
“The incredible efforts you have made during a challenging year are truly appreciated – and embody the quality and safety of care being delivered at Auburn Hospital,” Auburn Hospital acting general manager, Amanda Green said.