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Bright Spots; inspiring ideas, transforming lives

Posted by Geraint Martin on 22 September 2015 |

Last month I met some amazing people at the first TEDx Manukau. Hosted by Ko Awatea, 10 ‘Bright spots’ – everyday people, shared how they help people across South Auckland and beyond to live well – with dignity and meaning and to build a sense of community.

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Being kind ……it’s as simple as a smile or a squeeze of a hand

Posted by Geraint Martin on 18 September 2015 |

Last week we launched our new strategy and values, and over the next few weeks I’ll be bringing you stories from everyday people, who live our values in their day-to-day jobs.

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CM Health launches new values and strategic plan

Posted by Geraint Martin on 11 September 2015 |

Yesterday (10 September) CM Health launched its refreshed values and strategic plan, signalling a new and exciting era for our organisation. This work has been months in the planning with over 2000 people sharing their ideas as to how we can consistently be at our best for our patients, whaanau and families, and each other, and the choices we need to make to progress our goal to work together to achieve health equity.

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Diversity Ball 2015: Viva La Vida – Live Your Life

Posted by Geraint Martin on 21 August 2015 |

On 8 August, we held our annual diversity ball, and it was wonderful to see over 700 people at the Langham Hotel in Auckland. It was a fantastic evening and a reminder of the vibrancy of our culture and the fun we have as an organisation. As I looked around the room, I was reminded of the many countries, cultures and backgrounds that make up Team Counties. It’s this diversity that is our strength and makes up the mosaic that is South Auckland and Counties Manukau.

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Being at our best for our people, whaanau, families and each other

Posted by Dr Lee Mathias on 14 August 2015 |

Our board chair, Dr Lee Mathias, joins me today to say a few words on behalf of the board, and to thank you, our staff, for the valuable contributions that you make.

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6 years can be ours

Posted by Janet Haley on 7 August 2015 |

Many of you would have heard about the ‘6 Hours Can Be Ours’ Campaign and how we set ourselves an audacious goal of admitting, discharging or transferring 95% of patients from Emergency Care within 6 hours. It’s a story I love to tell at our welcome day for new staff, and I take great pride in telling people that we are the only DHB, indeed the only hospital in Australasia to have maintained this target for six years running, despite the relentless pressure on Emergency Care. This success comes down to the commitment of our staff – not just in Emergency Care, but throughout the Hospital.

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Young doctors making a difference

Posted by Communications Team on 7 August 2015 |

For those of you who missed it, the NZ Herald recently wrote a wonderful piece on Dr Mataroria Lyndon, a clinical fellow at Ko Awatea, who is off to do amazing things at Harvard University in Boston. Mataroria was one of three winners in this year’s Rose Hellaby Awards – a fund established by the late Rose Hellaby to celebrate and support Māori education. Mataroria will receive $30,000 to go towards his master’s degree in public health at Harvard and while we wish him well on his journey, we also look forward to the day he returns. Also receiving an award was Dr Marinus Stowers an Orthopaedic Registrar and Research Fellow at Ko Awatea.

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A second chance at life

Posted by Geraint Martin on 29 July 2015 |

The other night I met a lovely lady called Teresa and her husband Andrew.  Teresa works in the Call Centre at the Manukau SuperClinic, and earlier this year underwent a double lung transplant, recovering at Auckland’s Hearty Towers – a rehabilitation unit for transplant patients. 

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Recognising our hard working House Officers

Posted by Geraint Martin on 18 June 2015 |

Each month a House Officer is nominated by members of the clinical and wider multidisciplinary team for the prestigious title of ‘House Officer of the Month’. It’s an award that has grown in popularity since it first started in 2011, bringing with it a sense of a ‘job well done’ for the doctors who are nominated. Last month (May) Dr Neil Stewart received the Award, after being nominated by his colleagues during his General Medicine rotation on Tiitoki team. Words like committed, hardworking, dedicated, professional and friendly were just some of the comments people shared. One person said, “We need more doctors like him.”

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APAC returns to New Zealand. An explosion of innovative health and healthcare success stories

Posted by Geraint Martin on 12 June 2015 |

No doubt you’ve heard of the APAC Forum, managed by Ko Awatea, the centre for health system innovation and improvement at CM Health. Now in its fourth year APAC, is already the third largest healthcare improvement conference in the world.It’s right up there with similar conferences in Europe and the US. We are certainly not a poor relative!

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