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Annual CEO Awards of Excellence: Kimberley Hospital Complex

Keynote address by the Honorable MEC for Health, Mr Mxolisi Sokatsha, on the occasion of the Annual CEO Awards of Excellence: Kimberley Hospital Complex. Kimberley. Frances Baard District – Northern Cape, 19 November 2011: 19h00

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Programme Director

Speaker of the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature

Honorable Members of the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature

Honorable Members of the Executive Council

Chairperson and Members of the Portfolio Committee on Health

Mayor of Sol Plaatje Municipality

Executive Mayor of Frances Baard District Municipality

Chairperson and Members of the Kimberley Hospital Board

Acting Head of the Department

Representatives from all the different community, religious and political institutions and structures present

Senior Managers and Departmental officials from the Provincial and District Department of Health

Members of the media

Distinguished Guests

Ladies and Gentlemen


Good evening to all. It is indeed a honor and privilege for me to be part of this evening’s important gathering as we celebrate and give appreciation and recognition to the Kimberley Hospital Complex personnel on their performance and achievements.

Health has been identified as one of the five(5) key priority areas of the ANC led Government after the 2009 national elections. Health is like no other department. The challenges health employees, health professionals, society, and government face every day in the health sector, can only be resolved through motivated and committed individuals that adheres to the call that Working together, we can do more!

Ladies and gentlemen, the eleventh (11) Annual Kimberley Hospital Complex CEO Awards for Excellence Ceremony is dedicated to the personnel of the Kimberley Hospital Complex for their contribution towards patient care and maintaining standards of service excellence. The objectives of awarding employees are to recognize and reward outstanding performance, encourage excellent performance, retain competent staff and instill a culture of achievement and excellence. At the same time, the awards serves as a motivation for personnel who underperform/ are not motivated enough/have a low morale to strive in achieving a future reward.

The health sector is under enormous pressures in terms of budgetary constraints, working conditions, delivering of quality healthcare services and keeping health professionals and staff motivated to continue delivering a professional, humane and compassionate service to our people. This awards ceremony tonight is just one way of keeping the staff morale high and keeping them motivated and committed.
Public-Private Partnership is what is making this annual event a success every year. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our private sector partners for their contribution and dedication to this event and hope their partnership and support will be carried forward into the future.



Programme director, we would like to thank the twenty(20) strong task team who were responsible for consulting all relevant stakeholders, compiling a selection criteria, facilitating the nomination process and logistical arrangements for the total co-ordination of the gala event since March 2011.

Tonight, 44 candidates will receive the CEO Awards this year.  Honorary Awards will be presented for exceptional contributions made by individuals.

Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that we are approaching an important international and national campaign namely the 16 Days of Activism: No violence against women and children campaign from 25 November-10 December 2011. During this time, the South African Government runs a 16 Days of Activism Campaign to make people aware of the negative impact of violence on women and children and to act against abuse. We call on your support for all related programmes and events for the campaign.

Furthermore, on 01 December 2011 we will be celebrating World AIDS Day in Kathu. HIV/AIDS, TB, Violence and injuries and Maternal and Child Mortality is the Burden of Disease we as a country and a province face. Government alone cannot address these health challenges alone. It is only through partnership between government, civil society, business, labour and faith based organizations that we will succeed in addressing the scourge of these diseases.

Programme director, in conclusion, I want to say that everybody is winners tonight. To all personnel, we would like to say keep up the excellent work and know that your contributions are greatly appreciated. 

But I believe that what should make you the most proud is not the actual award itself, but what you had to do to get it. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.” Any recognition is just the icing on the cake, not to be expected but definitely to be enjoyed.

I congratulate you all on your awards. You are truly a motivation. Enjoy yourself, and remember as Mother Teresa said, “Life is a promise; fulfill it.” 


I thank you.



BACKGROUND 

The first CEO Awards were hosted in October 2000.This is but one of the initiatives driven by the CEO of Kimberley Hospital Complex, in an attempt to boost the morale of the employees.  It is an endeavour to motivate staff by awarding them with prestigious awards as a token of appreciation and acknowledgement for their Excellent Performance.  Private companies and business have embraced the concept and supported it financially in order to make this effort a success. The CEO Awards Function is entirely supported by private sponsorship.

Health Professionals are confronting very difficult and challenging times. The pressure of HIV/AIDS affects staff emotionally and therefore affects their morale. The transformations of the Health Services and the demand for excellent quality services have necessitated Management to take a holistic, robust approach in improving the quality of care. Low staff morale is one of the major contributory factors to the detriment of the quality of are.

The Management of Kimberley Hospital Complex will be hosting its tenth annual Chief Executive Officer Awards for Excellence to give recognition to staff members who perform exceptionally well and to motivate those who under perform. The event is dedicated to the personnel of Kimberley Hospital Complex for their contribution towards patient care and maintaining standards of service excellence.


The objectives for awarding employees are to:

o Instill a culture of achievement and excellence
o Recognise  and reward outstanding performance
o Encourage excellent performance
o Retain competent staff
o Ensure a continuous quality service for the people of the Northern Cape

The process of preparing for the awards functions started as early as March this year.  A task team of about 20 members has been established with a responsibility of consulting all relevant stakeholders, compiling a selection criteria, facilitating the nomination process and logistical arrangements for the total co-ordination of the gala event.  

CATAGORIES

Two (2) categories have been identified:

o UNIT MANAGERS

o GENERAL STAFF MANAGER

+ Staff across all Units

(Clinical, Clinical Support, Administration and Technical Support) and Occupational categories including Professionals and Associate Professionals.

+ Each Clinical Unit will receive awards for the following groups:

# Professional Nurses
# Auxiliary Nurses
# Admin/Ward/Unit Clerks
# General Assistants
# Doctors
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SELECTION CRITERIA

After a process of extensive consultation, two questionnaires were developed. One for the staff and another for the patients which were qualitative and quantitative assessment tools.  The criterion for nomination and selection was based on the individuals conduct, interpersonal relations, performance, competencies and commitment.  Various stakeholders (colleagues, managers and customers) had to evaluate the individuals overall performance according to the prescribed criteria.


NOMINATION PROCESS

Questionnaires were given to patients / clients and staff members to nominate the best candidate who qualifies the set criteria.The nomination process was highly confidential, free and fair.

After a sorting and short-listing process, questionnaires of the top three (3) finalists were presented to the Independent Panel comprised of members from legal servises, Unions, Hospital board and Quality Assurance Unit.  This panel was tasked with a responsibility of verifying the results that established the winner and the runner-up.  44 Candidates will receive the CEO Awards this year.  Honorary Awards will be presented for exceptional contributions made by individuals.

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