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Gauteng healthworkers who provide excellent service to patients, were honoured at a glittering function held at Turffontein Race Course last Friday.
The Khanyisa Service Excellence Awards recognise individuals and departments that have gone beyond the call of duty to provide excellent service to patients.
In his keynote address, Gauteng Health MEC Brian Hlongwa said: "We acknowledge those among us who did not focus on adverse working conditions such as heavy workloads or unsatisfactory salaries, but decided to think outside of the box and become innovative, thus putting the interest of our patients first."
The doctors' award went to Kedisaletse Molatlhegi from Kalafong Hospital. Molatlhegi worked as a nurse until she decided to study further in 1996 to become a medical doctor. A motivational speaker and community worker, Molatlhegi has won the hearts of hundreds of her patients with her personality and for taking the time to listen and support her patients.
Jolene Fenyane, a nursing sister at Johannesburg Hospital, received the nurses' award for the role she has played at the hospital to improve service delivery.
A trained intensive care unit nurse, Fenyane also serves on the quality assurance committee of the hospital to assist staff members to meet the standards set for patient care.
She has also recently organised a campaign where she taught community members, including taxi drivers and hawkers, basic life skills and the management of emergencies in their work environment.
Administration, support staff and managers were not left behind.
Alida Du Plessis, a keyboard operating clerk from Leratong Hospital, Barbara Zwane, a cleaner from Weskoppies Hospital, and Mamodiehi Theoha, a manager at Johan Heyns Community Health Centre, each walked away with certificates and trophies for carrying out their duties with excellence.
Leratong Hospital walked away with the best hospital award and pocketed R75000 while Medunsa Oral and Dental Hospital received R50000 after scooping the best specialised hospital award. The best community healthcare award went to Chiawelo Community Clinic who pocketed R50000. Another R50000 went to Ann Latsky Nursing College for winning the best nursing college award.
The Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital's St John's Eye Hospital and Weskoppies Hospital's Occupational Therapy Department were joint winners in the Specialist Hospital category and each walked away with R70000.