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.