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Health service a finalist in national awards program

26 April 2018

The Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service has been short-listed as a finalist in the Health Service of the Year category of a national awards program.

The winner will be announced in Melbourne on 18 May at the 2018 AGPAL and Quality Innovation Performance Ltd (QIP) Excellence Awards.

Torres and Cape HHS Chief Executive Bev Hamerton said it was an honour for the health QIP is a not-for-profit organisation with more than 20 years’ experience in community service accreditation and more than 10 years’ experience in primary and secondary health care accreditation and related services.

“QIP arranges accreditation for health services throughout Australia,’’ Ms Hamerton said.

“Accreditation with a national organisation like QIP demonstrates to the communities we serve that safety and quality are of paramount importance to us and that we have met stringent national standards to do so.

“In order to maintain accreditation, we have to prove that we are continuously monitoring and improving the safety and quality of the services we deliver.

“Last year, our health service successfully passed accreditation with QIP for the next four years.

“Indeed, not only did the Torres and Cape HHS maintain its accreditation, we also achieved merit recognition for several criteria.

“This is an outstanding achievement for any health service, but especially so for a health service as young as Torres and Cape.

“The QIP accreditation process last year was our first whole of organisation review since the health service was formed on 1 July 2014, so the successful result was truly noteworthy.’’

Ms Hamerton said gaining accreditation with QIP last year and making the finals of the QIP Chair Health Service of the Year awards category this year was entirely due to the dedication and commitment of staff throughout the organisation.

“I would like to congratulate all our staff on these achievements,’’ she said.

“Without their engagement and support, this success would not have been possible.’’

QIP Chief Executive Dr Stephen Clark said many outstanding nominations from QIP-accredited health services had been received.

“The QIP Excellence Awards recognise and reward the commitment that health services make to quality improvement within the health care setting,’’ he said.

“The nominations process has allowed me the privilege to gain a unique insight into the inspiring achievements taking place across the Australian health care environment.

“I thank all of the health services who have shared their inspiring and innovative stories of quality improvement.

“And congratulations to the Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service for being selected as a finalist for the QIP Chair Health Service of the Year Award.

“To be selected as a finalist, Torres and Cape HHS had to submit a nomination form self-assessing against key criteria.

“The judging process was vigorous with a large number of nominations received, so it’s quite an achievement to be named a finalist.

“Across Australia there are many health services like the Torres and Cape HHS making a daily commitment to providing high quality health care.

“QIP acknowledges, appreciates and is committed to recognising the dedication and effort these health care teams make toward continuous quality improvement.’’

Last updated: 27 April 2018