2022 Pride of Concord winner
Operational Nurse Manager Megan White awarded medal.
The 2022 Pride of Concord Medal has been awarded to Operational Nurse Manager Megan White, in recognition of her significant contribution to the hospital.
A well-respected leader, her clinical experience saw her play an instrumental role in the hospital's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over the past three years, she has supported frontline nurses caring for patients with COVID and advised multidisciplinary teams across the hospital and the Executive.
She helped coordinate the transfer of the hospital's COVID-19 patients to wards in the hospital's new clinical services building last year, after its opening was fast-tracked.
The Medal was presented during a special ceremony at the hospital.
"It's been really fantastic to see the resilience of all our nursing staff over this COVID time. I want to thank you all because I am standing here as a reflection of all your great work," Megan said.
The hospital's Acting General Manager Joseph Jewitt said Megan was a worthy recipient of the prestigious peer-nominated award, which is the hospital's highest honour.
"Megan has been pivotal in leading and implementing change at Concord, whether it be introducing new models of care, planning ward moves or implementing a policy development to name but a few.
"During this challenging time, she has always shown great generosity by supporting her fellow nurses, colleagues across the hospital and the Executive team. No task has ever been too small or too great," he said.
Megan's colleagues described her as an outstanding role model who is focused on delivering high-quality, safe, patient and family-centred care.
They described her as hard working, reliable and dedicated – and as always having time to assist anyone who asks, with a smile on her face.
"This is well-deserved recognition for Megan who first joined the Concord Hospital in 1994 and has made an outstanding contribution over that time," Dr Teresa Anderson, the District's Chief Executive, said.
"She continues to inspire many nurses to pursue excellence in clinical practice, both at the hospital and across our District. She truly embodies the spirit of Concord and epitomises the values of our District and NSW Health," she said.
In addition to the framed Medal, Megan received a gold lion crest badge, a cheque for $5000 to put towards professional development and a dinner voucher.
The medal was first awarded in 2015.