Letterkenny University Hospital collect Saolta Staff Recognition Awards

Awards recognise the important role staff play

Letterkenny University Hospital collect Saolta Staff Recognition Awards

Dolores Devenney, phlebotomoy services, accepting her ‘Outstanding Employee Award’ from Saolta Group , CEO, Tony Canavan and Jean Kelly, Saolta Group, chief director of nursing and midwifery

Letterkenny University Hospital (LUH) won Saolta Staff Recognition Awards in two categories at a ceremony in Mayo recently.

The Donegal Clinical Research Academy won the ‘Education and Training Award’ for their emergency abdominal surgery course for students and the ‘Outstanding Employee Award’ was presented to Dolores Devenney who works in phlebotomy services at the hospital.

At the Saolta Staff Achievement Award presentation for ‘Education and Training’, from left: Jean Kelly, Saolta Group chief director of nursing and midwifery; Seán Murphy, general manager, Letterkenny University Hospital; Mr Zsolt Bodnar, consultant surgeon; Ms Louise Flanagan, research nurse; and Tony Canavan, Saolta Group chief executive

More than 160 nominations from across the Saolta Group of hospitals were received for the six award categories which included: Innovation in a Clinical Area Award; Innovation in a Non Clinical Area Award; Research Award; Quality Improvement and Patient Experience Award; in addition to the categories won by LUH - Education and Training Award; and Outstanding Employee Award.

The event was hosted by Mayo senior football manager, James Horan, and the awards were presented by Saolta chief executive, Tony Canavan and chief director of nursing and midwifery, Jean Kelly.

Seán Murphy, general manager, Letterkenny University Hospital said the student emergency abdominal surgery course was a unique multidisciplinary educational event.

"It exposes medical students to a reality that they haven’t previously experienced and provides valuable inter-disciplinary learning to our future doctors. The Donegal Clinical Research Academy at the hospital is a deserved winner of the Education and Training Award.

“I am delighted that Dolores Devenney was presented with the ‘Outstanding Employee Award’ for demonstrating exception service to her patients and colleagues over the last 40 years. The warmth and empathy she shows patients makes their hospital visit less daunting and she is patient and supportive with new staff and students who are still developing their skills. Dolores is a worthy recipient of the Outstanding Employee Award.”

In addition to winning two categories, the Metabolic Multidisciplinary Team at LUH was shortlisted for the ‘Innovation in a Clinical Area Award’.

The Metabolic Multidisciplinary Team at LUH was shortlisted for the ‘Innovation in a Clinical Area Award’. At the presentation, from left: Dr Paul O’Connor, consultant anaesthetist; Seán Murphy, general manager; Mr Zsolt Bodnar, consultant surgeon; Tony Canavan, Saolta Group chief executive; Vanessa Savva, general manager’s office; and Jean Kelly, Saolta Group chief director of nursing and midwifery

The Saolta University Health Care Group Staff Recognition Awards take place every two years and aim to recognise the important role that staff play in delivering services to patients cared for in all six hospitals in the Group. All applications are judged by an independent panel and the event is self-funded through sponsorship.

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