Portiuncula’s Bernie McGuire wins Unsung Hero Award

James Keane, general manager with Portiuncula University Hospital, and Bernie McGuire, winner of ‘Unsung Hero Award’

James Keane, general manager with Portiuncula University Hospital, and Bernie McGuire, winner of ‘Unsung Hero Award’

Portiuncula Hospital’s Bernie McGuire was presented with the Unsung Hero Award at the third Saolta University Health Care Group Staff Recognition Awards recently.

The awards took place in the Ardilaun Hotel, Galway, and took into account members of staff across the six hospitals in the group.

James Keane, general manager at Portiuncula University Hospital, said: “Bernie has given over 30 years of service to PUH – she is a familiar face to many having manned the reception desk in the hospital for many years. She always has a smile and a kind word for patients, visitors and staff and I am delighted that her commitment and dedication was acknowledged by the Saolta Group.”

Some 145 projects or initiatives from services and departments across all of the hospitals in the Saolta Group were nominated in seven different categories. Winners were presented with their awards by Saolta Group CEO, Maurice Power and group director of nursing and midwifery, Jean Kelly.

This is the third year of the Saolta University Health Care Group Staff Recognition Awards, which aims to recognise and reward excellent staff performance, promote a sense of pride, and reinforce the Saolta University Health Care Group as an excellent place to work.

Applicants from across the group’s hospitals were invited to participate in seven categories, which as well as the Unsung Hero category included research, education and training, clinical innovation, non-clinical innovation, patient experience and quality improvement.

The winners were announced on the evening by event host Maura Derrane. The Saolta Staff Recognition Awards is self-funding from sponsorship received.

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