Several health care providers on the South Shore were recognized this week for
outstanding contributions to health and wellness.
Celebrating Excellence Awards were presented May 28 to recognize innovation, dedication, commitment, teamwork, service and leadership in health. The Award categories are Community Health Leadership, Spirit, Exemplary Service and Outstanding Quality Initiative.
"Many dedicated people work tirelessly to provide care and improve the health and wellness of individuals in our community. The Celebrating Excellence Awards formally recognize and showcase some of these outstanding contributions," said Tricia Cochrane, vice-president integrated health services program primary health Care and population health, Nova Scotia Health Authority.
The Spirit Award is presented to an individual or group who has made an exceptional contribution to
any program or service and has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to Excellence, Integrity, Respect, and Accountability and Leadership. Contributions can include supporting the organization's mission, vision and values, contributing to staff health and wellness, creating a positive work environment or demonstrating outstanding care and support for colleagues. This year's award is presented to Paula Winters, a Registered Nurse who works on the Medical Unit at Queens General Hospital. Paula’s positive attitude and willingness to pitch in wherever needed is appreciated throughout the hospital. Coworkers describe her as a kind, caring and capable nurse, mentor and role model. She generously gives her professional and personal time andenergy to orient, train and welcome new staff to the hospital and community.
The Community Health Leadership Award recognizes individuals and or groups who have made a significant contribution to the well-being of the public at the community level. This contribution may include activities that promote, protect or improve the health, safety and well-being of the public, or a specific population. This year’s award was presented to the team of health care providers at Lunenburg Family Health for their efforts to enhance patient care through collaborative practice. Team members have worked together to develop a model that serves patients well by providing improved access to a broad range of health care providers with different perspectives, skills and expertise.
The Exemplary Service Award was presented to Pharmacy Technician Liana Drouin for her role as a leader and champion in implementation of automated drug dispensing cabinets in South Shore area hospitals. These computerized drug storage devices allow medications to be stored and dispensed near the point of care to improve patient safety. This award recognizes individuals or groups who have made a significant contribution in the delivery of health services. The individual or group will demonstrate exemplary service to the people that they serve as part of their profession as well as commitment to improving the overall health of the community at large. Liana played a key role in planning and coordination of the project and also provided support and assistance to nursing staff and managers during the transition through training, troubleshooting and endless enthusiasm. Liana was instrumental in ensuring a smooth and safe transition to the new system.
The Outstanding Quality Initiative Award celebrates the tremendous efforts that are being made by individuals and teams throughout the District to continuously improve quality in all aspects of our programs, processes and services. It is awarded to teams who have worked together on a quality improvement project that is aligned with organizational priorities and has resulted in positive changes. This year's award was presented to the Public Health Services team for their efforts to improve how they plan, set priorities and develop action plans to anticipate and meet community health needs. Under the co-leadership of Director Carol MacKinnon and Medical Officer of Health Dr. Lynda Earle, the team developed a process to integrate logic models, action plans and individual staff work plans to better support a healthier community. Through this work, each member of the team can identify and measure how their work individually and collectively aligns and connects with the public health goals and priorities.