A private hospital that has won the respect of the medical profession while forging strong connections with its community has won the supreme honour at the 2012 Westpac Auckland South Business Awards.
Ormiston Hospital, which has more than 160 specialists providing minor and complex in-patient and day case surgery across 13 specialties, won the Supreme Business Excellence Award after impressing judges with its all-round performance.
The awards were presented during a gala dinner at Manukau's Pacific Events Centre on Friday. About 400 people attended the 21st awards ceremony to acknowledge the winners of nine categories and the supreme title.
Nearly 100 entries were received from a diverse mix of companies from the service, engineering, retail, health, manufacturing and food sectors.
It was a big night for the first and only private surgical facility in south Auckland which also won the Excellence in Workforce Development Award.
Ormiston Hospital opened in 2009 after investment from GPs, specialists and businesses.
"Throughout the past three years, we have been committed to fostering close relationships with our community's general practitioners and our local surgical specialists," chief executive Mark Watson says. "We believe that our geographical location is the key to our success, along with our unique approach to the care and wellbeing of our customers."
Human resources company Pod Consulting and cafe Urban Soul were the other multiple winners on the night - they received the coveted Small Business of the Year and Best Emerging Business titles respectively.
Awards are run in the south, west, and north business communities by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development.
Chief executive Brett O'Riley says celebrating companies contributing to the region's economic growth is important.
"Striving for excellence and being open to assessment from independent experts is a crucial growth mechanism for businesses.
"Organisations like this year's winners provide immense inspiration for other local ventures and improve their own performances throughout the awards entry process.
"Auckland's drive to be the world's most liveable city will depend on businesses whose innovation, drive, and all-round excellence make them capable of competing on the international stage, bringing export success and upskilling the workforce."
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