And the Oscar Goes To…

There is no doubt that this is a fantastic organisation which is accustomed to celebrating great success. It’s especially rewarding when such success is recognized externally. It lends our achievements a certain validation and confirms that what we are doing here at CM Health ranks among the best on a larger stage. With that in mind, I have been extremely proud over this last week to learn of three very high-profile ways in which our organisation, and the talented individuals within it, have been recognized. And so let me tell you about an individual, a team and a building, all of whom have been applauded on the national stage.

First off, you may be aware of the Queen’s Birthday Honour recently bestowed on Kathie Smith, our Service Manager for ORL, Ophthalmology and Audio, and Manukau SuperClinic’s Operational Manager. Kathie was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for her services to people with arthritis. Both within the health system and in the wider community, Kathie has worked passionately and tirelessly in this area for decades, including serving as President of the Arthritis Foundation of New Zealand (an organisation which now, as Arthritis New Zealand, provides services to more than 30,000 people each year). Her commitment to this work has significantly improved the care and management of thousands of New Zealanders with arthritis and I join many of her colleagues in congratulating her on a truly well-deserved honour. We are all extremely proud of what you have achieved, Kathie, and simply delighted it has been so appropriately recognized and applauded in this way.

From an individual effort to that of a team, you may also be aware of the award-winning efforts of our Pharmacy Clinical Service. At the New Zealand Pharmacy Awards for 2014, held on June 7, our service was recognized with the following three awards:

  • The OneLink Hospital Performer of the Year Award to Catherine Street, Doreen Liow, Leah Hodgkinson and Sanjoy Nand for their Weekend Clinical Pharmacy Service.
  • The Pharmaceutical Society Clinical Pharmacy Service of the Year Award to Truc Nguyen, Earnest Pidakala, Tess James and Michelle Singh for their Surgical Preadmission Review Clinic (SPARC) Service.
  • And to top it off, Truc, Earnest, Tess and Michelle then won the Pfizer Supreme Award for SPARC.

These industry awards speak volumes about the quality of the work delivered by our Pharmacy Clinical Service and to receive the Supreme Award is a simply stunning achievement of which we should all be very proud. It is the first time our service has won this hugely prestigious award which singles out SPARC as a leading example in New Zealand’s pharmaceutical industry. Congratulations to the award-winning teams and to our wider Pharmacy Clinical Service for delivering such high quality work that is at the very forefront of your industry. It is a great honour indeed.

Finally, I would like to acknowledge another industry award bestowed recently. The Property Council New Zealand Awards celebrate positive contributions to the built environment and are presented to outstanding property developments. We were delighted that our new Harley Gray Building achieved an Excellence Award in the Special Purpose Property Award category, alongside Christchurch’s Cardboard Cathedral and the Wiri Electric Train Facility, built by Auckland Transport. The category includes all special purpose buildings (not just those in health) and as such, it is a great honour for all the staff involved in bringing the Harley Gray Building to life. It confirms that CM Health’s capital development programme is undertaking work of excellence, as judged by the industry itself. Again, it’s another cause for celebration and a big pat on the back of the many staff who contributed to this new facility.

Looking back over this blog, I can think of just one word which sums up this level of success and that is ‘wow’. It certainly has been quite a week! I know you will join me in congratulating Kathie, our Pharmacy Clinical Service and staff involved in the Harley Gray Building on their outstanding achievements. I hope you also feel proud of what has been achieved. Although these accolades single out an individual, a team and a building, they are also a reflection on CM Health and our extraordinary culture of excellence which allows such success to flourish.



Author: Geraint Martin

Geraint Martin was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Counties Manukau DHB in December 2006. It is one of the largest District Health Boards in New Zealand and services a population of half a million. He has significant experience over 30 years in national policy & in managing both primary and secondary care . Previously, he was Director of Health and Social Care Strategy at the Welsh Government .He authored a radical 10 year strategy of reform, including the successful “Saving 1000 lives” Campaign.Until 2004, he was CEO at Kettering General Hospital & had held senior positions in London & Birmingham.He has worked closely with clinicians in improving clinical standards,patient safety,chronic disease management & managing acute care to reduce hospital demand.In NZ, He has promoted clinical quality and leadership as central to improving patientcare. This has led to a significant increases in productivity and access, whilst maintaining financial balance. CMH has completed in 2014 a $500 m capital redevelopment programme, the largest in New Zealand. A central part of this is the establishment of Ko Awatea,the Centre for Innovation and Research which will underpin CMH as one of the the leading health systems in Australasia.In 2008, he chaired the Ministerial Review of Emergency Care in New Zealand, and in 2013 was an member of the Expert Advisory Panel on Health Sector Performance. Geraint has an MSc in Health Policy from Birmingham University .His post-graduate work has focused on health economics and Corporate Strategy . He is adjunct Professor of Healthcare Management at AUT and Victoria University, Wellington Elected in 2006 as a Companion of the Institute of Healthcare Management, previously he was an Associate Fellow at Birmingham University.He is is Chair of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, a member of the Institute of Directors, on the Board of the NZ Institute of Health Management & previously the Board of The NZ Health Quality and Safety Commission.

2 thoughts on “And the Oscar Goes To…”

  1. Congratulations to everyone mentioned in the “Oscars” for a stellar effort…we’ll done to Team CM Health!! Great to see Kathie formally recognised for her excellent services to health in general and arthritis in particular over many years !

  2. Fanatastic achievements, I agree its great to hear successes- look forward to reading about the intiatives/ reasons for the awards in more detail. 🙂

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