Excellence in quality at Portlaoise Hospital

Top honours for Midland Regional Hospital Catering Department at The National Q Mark Awards

Anne Bergin from Midlands Regional Hospital Portloise pictured with Soreid McEntee from EIQA and Brenda O Connel from Midlands Regional Hospital Portloise. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

Midland Regional Hospital Catering Department have been nominated for a prestigious Q Mark for Hygiene and Food Safety at The National Q Mark Awards.  

The coveted Q Mark is awarded only to companies who achieve the highest standards of quality and excellence. 

The Q Mark awards celebrate the success of businesses over a range of sectors that review 100% of their processes and procedures 100% of the time so that they continually operate best practice standards.

“We are delighted to be nominated again for the excellent Q Mark awards” said Louise Mortimer, Multi Task Attendant.

“Every year the department and more importantly the staff strive to improve the existing systems and changes that management of the Catering Department put forward in order to improve their work practices based on the highest standards as required by EIQA,” she said.

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Over 500 people representing 135 companies attended the glitzy, black-tie ceremony at the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road in Dublin 4 in competition for one of only 26 awards presented.

The Master of Ceremonies was Chicago based keynote speaker, author and business humourist Conor Cunneen; Irishman Speaks.  Funds were raised on the night for Debra Ireland were much appreciated and celebrations went on into the early hours with live music from ‘The Swing Cats.’ 

 EIQA (Excellence Ireland Quality Association) has been the Irish National Quality Association since 1969.

They currently audit the operating standards of thousands of organisations and businesses both in Ireland and Internationally.

EIQA is known as the ‘Guardian’ of The Q Mark suite of standards which includes: The Q Mark for Hygiene & Food Safety, The Q Mark for Quality Management Systems, The Q Mark for Nursing Homes, The Q Mark for Leisure Centre’s, The Q Mark for Accessibility (ABLE) and The Q Mark for Environmental Awareness (The Green Q). 

Only business that achieve the highest scores at audit are shortlisted in their relevant category. 

Once Shortlisted, all companies must complete a very detailed submission document. This submission document is then presented to an expert panel of independent judges from the areas of Food Safety, Employment Law, Academia, Business & Quality to name but a few.

Speaking at the launch of this year’s awards Irene Collins, Managing Director of EIQA said “To be nominated for The Q Mark Awards is an enormous achievement.  Companies who achieve the Q Mark provide their own customers with added confidence in their products and demonstrate that the highest standards of quality and excellence are at the heart of their business.”

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