Hospital recognises tireless workers
In a large organisation often the staff who beaver away in the background go unnoticed. However the Waikato Hospital has celebrated the commitment of 260 staff who have each clocked up more than 30 years of service.
In 1960, George Woodcock, joined the hospital staff as a purchasing officer with the inventory and distribution department, and now 54 years later, despite retiring, he continues to work as an outpatients' receptionist in the Meade Clinical Centre.
The organisation recognised 170 staff last week, including seven people who had worked more than 40 years for the district health board, at an internal awards ceremony.
Outgoing Waikato District Health Board chief executive Craig Climo paid tribute to those people who had broken service and were not eligible for awards.
''This is particularly an issue as we have such a female-dominated workforce and so many women took time off to have children and spent time with families,'' he said.
The system now acknowledges service for those who take maternity leave but there were still a number of people who went unrecognised who he hoped would eventually get recognition.
Climo said he envied those who had accomplished service milestones.
''You have our institutional memory. You know where we are, how we got here and why things are as they are.''