07 Jul 2022

Laois hospital doctor wins award for exceeding expectation in response to Covid-19

Portlaoise Clinical Director recognised for exceeding expectations Outstanding Employee by HSE Excellence Awards

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Management team at Portlaoise hospital with Dr John Connaughton

The HSE has recognised the efforts made by Portlaoise hospital staff in battling Covid-19 by presenting an award to the the Clinical Director of the Laois facility.

Dr John Connaughton, Clinical Director at the Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise, was recognised for ‘Exceeding Expectations – Outstanding Employee Award’ at the 2021 Health Service Excellence Awards.

The HSE says he won the award for his support and guidance as part of the hospital's response to Covid-19.

CEO of the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group, Mr Trevor O’Callaghan presented the award to Mr Connaughton and congratulated the doctor for the recognition and his work and the work of all the team in the Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise in their ongoing response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dr Connaughton paid tribute to all the staff at the hospital and said the award is for them. He also paid tribute to everyone in the local health service for their tireless work.

“I am truly humbled to be nominated by my colleagues for this award and I accept it on behalf of all of the team in Portlaoise who went above and beyond in responding to Covid-19. It was a difficult time for everyone. I would like to thank all the staff at Portlaoise hospital, and indeed all our colleagues across the health services, in hospitals, Community Care and beyond who worked tirelessly to respond to what was, and continues to be, one of the most challenging times we have ever encountered,” he said.

The HSE received a record number of entries this year - just under 700 teams entered projects and 80 staff members were nominated for their outstanding contributions.

The awards took place on Wednesday, September 15.

Mr John Connaughton with Mr Trevor O'Calllaghan.

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