115 years of Auburn Hospital: Celebrating the staff who keep the hospital running

Auburn Hospital celebrated its 115th birthday in its beautiful Spiritual Health Garden.

To mark the occasion, the hospital hosted an awards ceremony to hand out the General Manager, Kindness, and Years of Services awards.

Staff from all fields and departments attended in celebration, filling the seats and surrounding courtyard.

Danny Chau, Director of Human Resources Auburn Hospital, kicked off the event with an Acknowledgment of Country, and an introduction to the awards being presented.

“Today we will celebrate and recognise staff from across the hospital who have been nominated by their colleagues, across a whole range of awards.

Our award winners are being recognised for their contributions to our hospital via our General Manager Awards, for displaying and nurturing kindness in our workplace.”

Five General Manager Awards were presented, “reaffirming our commitment to rewarding and recognising staff – who have gone above and beyond, but also for many simple, day-to-day things too,” Danny said.

The Bookings & Admissions team were presented with the first award for the afternoon, for “Achieving Goals & Outcomes”.

In her nomination, Lidiya Malinov credited the team for their “resilience, tenacity, and never give up attitude.”

Samuel Lie and Matthew Dillon were recognised with an award for “Education & Innovative Thinking”.

“Ever helpful and willing, they are teaching the new grads an amazing work ethic.”

Kristina Roberts

The third award, for “Living Our Values, Displaying Compassion & Empathy” was presented to Clyde Sy.

“Clyde is very passionate about his role and his responsibilities, particularly in education. He is very approachable and always acts professionally,” said Mele Maumalanga in her nomination.

Nominated by the General Manager of Auburn Hospital, Winston Pietersz was awarded for “Providing Great Healthcare and/or Patient Experience”.

The final General Manager award for “Safety” was presented to Cheryl Frost.

In her nomination, Mele cited Cheryl’s enthusiasm, saying “Cheryl is passionate about her role. She always makes sure new staff members develop core fundamental nursing practices to ensure they are practicing safely.”

Following the General Manager Awards, a number of staff were presented with a certificate and pin in recognition of the kindness they had practiced. The recipients were recognised and nominated by their peers for being friendly, generous, considerate and supportive.

The final set of the awards recognised staff who have been at Auburn Hospital for a significant 20 years, playing a vital role in the hospital’s 115 year history.

Maria Alarca and Sanita Chand were recognised for two decades of service, as well as Dianne Ford who was recognised in an afternoon tea to mark her retirement.

Auburn Hospital General Manager, Amanda Green, closed the awards ceremony, addressing all those who attended.

“I have to say thank you for your ongoing commitment and support, and for care that we provide our patients each and every day.

“It’s truly so amazing and wonderful that we see small acts of kindness displayed by everyone, each and every day within the hospital.

It makes me very proud of all of you and your accomplishments, and the difference that you make to our patients each day,” she said.

Staff lined up following the address, attending a staff barbecue to celebrate the milestone of their facility.