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Name _____________________ Phone ___________ Address ____________________________________ _____________________________________________________ $15 single | $25 Couple | Ph Secretary 534 9409 GREY POWER, PO Box 38281, Howick 2145 121712 119830 By MARIANNE KELLY RECOGNISED for forging strong connections with its local community, a private hospital has taken out a major business award. Ormiston Hospital, operating in Ormiston Road, Botany Junc- tion, won the prestigious West- pac supreme business excellence award at a gala dinner last Friday. About 400 people attended the event at TelstraClear Pacifc Events Centre celebrating the 21st annual Westpac Auckland South Business Awards. The hospital’s success came after claiming the Brookfelds Lawyers excellence in workforce develop- ment award. Last year it won the Wiri Licensing Trust excellence in emerging business award. A concept for Ormiston Hos- pital was developed in 2007 with investment from local GPs, spe- cialists and commercial businesses and it opened in June 2009. It remains the frst and only pri- vate surgical facility in the south- east region, serving a large area from Greenlane, Auckland, to the Hauraki Plains, Coromandel and Hamilton. With more than 160 special- ists providing minor and complex inpatient and day case surgery, covering 13 different surgical spe- cialities, the hospital has become well established. Chief executive Mark Watson says hospital staff members have been committed to fostering close relationships with local commu- nity GPs and surgical specialists. “We’ve tried to achieve this in some way by working closely with the local Public Health Organisa- tions (PHOs) and visiting the 160 individual GP practices in South- East Auckland. “This has covered about 550 GPs and they’re the initial groups referring patients to our special- ists,” he says. “The Auckland region enjoys the luxury of having a signifcant number of larger and established surgical hospitals that are well known by all the Auckland-based specialists. “We believe that our geographi- cal location is the key to our success, along with our unique approach to the care and well- being of our customers.” A human resources consulting business, started less than three years ago in its founder’s spare bedroom, was the recipient of the Invesure Productions small busi- ness of the year and RSM Prince excellence in strategy and plan- ning awards. Pod Consulting was created by its managing director Sharn Rayner. She believed it was possible to offer an affordable business solu- tion to small and medium enter- prise (SME) owners struggling to manage the human resources and organisational development func- tions in their companies. The consultancy now occupies a large offce in Bishop Dunn Place, Flat Bush, and employs a team of eight. Offerings include human resources consultation and ongo- ing support, a human resources hotline to address immedi- ate issues, and workshops and coaching on business and human resource management. Ms Rayner says SME owners often neglect to integrate human resources, recruitment or employ- ment relations into day-to-day management of their business. “HR was often seen as a dis- pensable function, not possessing the same importance as other key functional areas of a business, such as fnance, sales and marketing, operations and technology.” Now a market leader in foam and fbre soft parts, Nexus Foams took out the New Zealand Steel excel- lence in innovation and improve- ment award. The East Tamaki company was established in 1992 by Nick Daven- port, who responded to an oppor- tunity to acquire a foam product distribution business for the domestic market. It quickly expanded to other industrial foam products and con- version capability and supplies leading New Zealand and Austral- ian manufacturers. General manager Grant Sim- monds says Nexus shows that New Zealand businesses can still have a strong growing future with inno- vative added-value niche manu- facturing. ONGOING SUCCESS: Health Minister Tony Ryall, centre, during a visit to the award-winning Ormiston Hospital, with chairman Jeff Barkwill, left, and chief executive Mark Watson. Times file photo Award winners celebrate Bittersweet but blessed by friends F ➤ romPage1 “There’s no point curling up in a corner and rocking. There comes a time of acceptance.” The couple says the fundraising auction was emotional as well as bittersweet, because no matter how much money is collected for them, it won’t stop the progress of Shane’s illness. “It’s a pretty tough sentence,” he says. “When you get cancer, there is a chance. With this one, the doctor says ‘you’ve got this and we can’t help you’. “At the end of the day, it [the money] doesn’t change anything for me, but it makes me feel happy that my wife and kids have all of that help behind them.” When asked how they feel about what their friends, family and former community has done for them, Allie and Shane say it’s diffcult to express in words. “For me, it’s overwhelming,” says Shane. “I feel very blessed to have such great friends in my life. It’s blown my mind.” The Carberys few back to the Gold Coast yesterday morning, but the work isn’t over for the Shane’s Paragon committee, which has a book fair in the works. Basalt is also planning a themed fundraiser for the family and Shane’s old high school, Macleans College, has offered to donate money from an upcoming mufti day. “As a group, we’re not fnished,” says Kelly. “We’re just going to keep going with our efforts. We know that even though $35,000 is a lot of money, it won’t last forever.” Donations for the Carbery family can ■ be made to an ASB bank account called Shane’s Paragon, 12-3615-0006613-00.
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