WELL DONE: Many hard working individuals are recognised at the Australia Day awards ceremony held at the Bundaberg Hospital. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
WELL DONE: Many hard working individuals are recognised at the Australia Day awards ceremony held at the Bundaberg Hospital. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

Wide Bay health staff honoured for efforts in 2013

FROM nurses to administrators, staff across the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service have been honoured for their incredible efforts in 2013.

More than 50 staff, some with families in tow, arrived at Bundaberg Hospital yesterday to be presented with their Australia Day Achievement Awards for their contribution to improving the health service.

One by one, modest but with a sense of pride, the winners strode to the front of the room to receive their award.

The service's CEO Adrian Pennington and chairman Dominic Devine were on hand to present the awards.

"As CEO I am honoured to be in your presence," Mr Pennington told the crowd.

A video-conference system allowed Mundubbera Hospital staff to be presented with their awards by North Burnett Deputy Mayor Faye Whelan.

Both the Mundubbera and Bundaberg ambulance teams were recognised for their outstanding service during the 2013 floods.

Bundaberg Ambulance Station officer in charge Roy Vanderberg accepted the award on behalf of his team and said it had been a difficult time for the troops.

"The whole flood event was a challenge and to provide the same high level of care was a great achievement," he said.

Bundaberg Hospital chief operating officer Debbie Carroll said she was honoured to be recognised for her efforts during the floods.

"It means a lot to me," she said.

"Many people worked long hours during the floods when we evacuated patients.

'Quite a few of us stayed till the last patient left the hospital."