Eastern Health’s second annual Aspire to Inspire (A2i) Awards, celebrating the extraordinary contribution of staff across our organisation, were announced during a special ceremony on May 15.
More than 65 staff who marked 25, 30 and 35 years of service in 2011 were acknowledged for their long-standing contribution. Between them, the loyal employees amassed a total of 1850 years, or 96,200 weeks, caring for our community.
Our value awards were again a highlight, with 42 nominees recognised for their commitment to the Eastern Health’s values. The winners were:
Excellence: Dr Jonathon Marriott, Consultant Geriatrician, Yarra Ranges.
Jonathon has been pivotal in the success of Healesville & District Hospital’s medical inpatient model and consistently promotes Healesville across Eastern Health and the wider community.
Accountability: Valetta Fraser, Social Work Manager, Box Hill Hospital.
Valetta’s support and commitment to the smooth functioning of the Social Work Department is exemplary. Valetta is enthusiastic, motivates others, enjoys challenges and always performs her tasks in a professional manner.
Compassion: Andy Murugan, Case Manager, Mental Health, Turning Point, Alcohol & Drugs Program.
Andy has many years' experience as a mental health nurse, including many as a case manager at the Koonung and Waverley clinics. He is thoroughly committed to his consumers and his passion for teaching nursing students has inspired many to work in mental health.
Teamwork: Morven (Mo) Duncan, Nurse Unit Manager, Ward 1 South, Box Hill Hospital.
Mo is the ultimate team player – caring and responsive to her staff’s concerns. She is always a step ahead and strives to ensure professionalism and competency are maintained at all times within the unit.
Integrity: Guy Robertson, Management Accountant, Ambulatory & Community Services Program.
Guy’s colleagues report that he is an extraordinary fellow, with the most gentle and polite manner, never getting ruffled, even in the most difficult circumstances. Guy works fairly and with respect to all. He is an individual with outstanding integrity and a pillar of Eastern Health values.
Respect: Bram Morton, Senior Clinical Adviser, Mental Health, Turning Point, Alcohol & Drugs Program.
During the past seven months, Bram has proven his knowledge, experience and expertise regarding Aboriginal culture and constantly advocates for Aboriginal communities across all areas of his work, particularly Aboriginal youth mental health. 2
Collaboration: Trish Healey, Occupational Health & Safety Co-ordinator, Continuing Care Program.
Trish is a knowledgeable and experienced practitioner who strives to build a better health service for residents, patients and staff. She has demonstrated her dedication and support of her area, at times beyond the call of duty.
Eastern Health also introduced the inaugural Workplace Safety & Wellbeing Award, sponsored by our Employee Assistance Program provider ResolutionsRTK, with Essy Shergis acknowledged for her contribution to occupational health and safety systems through her role as Nurse Unit Manager at Maroondah Hospital.
And Denise Curran was the recipient of the very first Board of Directors’ Volunteer Award for her work as an auxiliary volunteer at Maroondah Hospital.
Eastern Health would like to congratulate all the recipients and nominees for their outstanding contribution to the community.