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KELVIN TEIXEIRA
Last updated 10:05 01/11/2012
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Health award: Horowhenua Masonic Village Care residents Dawn Want, Dinah Lavery and Keith Nilsson with caregiver Tui Marshall.

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Horowhenua Masonic Village Care has missed out on the region's supreme health service award, but won a category.

It was one of three finalists vying for Health Service of the Year at the MidCentral District Health Board awards in Palmerston North on Friday night. The title went to the Albert St Medical Centre, with the other finalist being Vivian St Dental, both in Palmerston North.

The Horowhenua rest home and hospital in Queen St East won the Excellence in Health Service Quality Improvement award. Judges said the facility had demonstrated innovation by helping establish a nurse practitioner shared position, as well as developing its rehabilitation service and care suites.

The judges were impressed with the approach to quality improvement and this set it apart from other finalists.

Village manager Sue Maney said this award was special, as it recognised the "everyday work" at the facility, home to 67 residents and with just over 100 part- time and full-time staff.

Quality co-ordinator Peta Hill said the award was pleasing for all staff.

Quality needed to be a team effort, driven from the top down, she said.

There were a total of 34 entries for the eight award categories.

Another Horowhenua health care provider, the Central Primary Health Organisation's Health of the Older Person team was a finalist in the Excellence in Community-Based Managed Care category.

Otaki-based Whanau Tamariki Ora Well Child Services provider Te Runanga O Ruakawa was a finalist in the Excellence in Addressing the Health Needs of Priority Populations category.

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- Horowhenua Mail

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