ST VINCENT'S HOSPITAL Sydney has received two awards for its contribution to the community and diversity at the 2021 Business NSW Business Awards.
The hospital was one of 12 recipients to be honoured in the NSW Business Awards’ Sydney City regional division and will now be in contention for a State Business Award in November. The Awards are held in partnership with the City of Sydney and recognise growth, entrepreneurship and business success.
The hospital’s COVID-19 response took out the award for the most outstanding community or cultural organisation while its innovative program promoting better health outcomes for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities won the top prize for excellence in diversity and inclusion.
Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore hailed St Vincent’s contributions during the unprecedented Sydney lockdown and vaccination roll out as phenomenal.
“The hospital’s tireless operations at the frontline of the Covid pandemic, as well as the roll out of vaccinations for so many in our community, has been nothing short of life changing,” Cr Moore said.
“But what is truly wonderful is seeing how the hospital, even under the duress of the pandemic, still forged ahead with their programs to embrace diversity and inclusion.”
St Vincent’s Stay'n In, Stay'n Deadly flexi clinic was founded to promote a safe and welcoming space for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients as well as reducing waiting times and cutting the percentage of incomplete treatment.
“After staring down the challenges of 2021, it’s wonderful to be able to celebrate and reward those who have done it so tough and made such an important contribution to our city,” Cr Moore said.
St Vincent’s CEO, associate professor Anthony Schembri said the awards were particularly special this year.
“At the heart of everything we do at St Vincent’s is our longstanding mission to serve our community – particularly the poor and vulnerable," Prof. Schembri said.
"These two awards represent important validation that we continue to remain true to this mission, particularly in the face of some of our greatest health challenges.
“It’s particularly wonderful to receive these awards from the City of Sydney and NSW Business, a like-minded organisation that is partnering with us in many of our endeavours to support the community’s most vulnerable. I also want to salute our dedicated and capable staff who are so unflinching in the determination to roll up their sleeves and serve our mission so authentically,” Prof. Schembri said.
Business NSW chief executive officer Daniel Hunter said the awards recognise business success and resilience from sectors across the state.
“In 2021, every industry, from health care to hospitality, retail to recruitment, was forced to pivot and innovate in order to deal with fallout from the pandemic. These awards showcase the businesses that shone brightest in very dark times,” Mr Hunter said.
“It’s important too that we also recognise the local chambers that provided leadership and vision throughout these unchartered waters, which is why we’re delighted to be able honour the outstanding commitment from the Darlinghurst Business Partnership.”
2021 NSW Business Awards Sydney City division winners:
Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion: St Vincent's Hospital Stay’n Deadly & Stay’n In Project.
Excellence in Export: HIVERY - Exporting AI retail to the world.
Outstanding Business Leader: Neil Sharma, Eye and Retina Specialists.
Outstanding Community or Cultural Organisation: St Vincent's Hospital COVID-19 Response.
Outstanding Employee: Vicky Lee, Ovira.
Outstanding Local Chamber: Darlinghurst Business Partnership.
Outstanding Start Up: Share with Oscar.
Outstanding Young Business Leader: Jill Berry, Adatree
Sydney City Excellence in Business: MacAlpine.
Sydney City Excellence in Micro Business: Lion and Cub Photography.
Sydney City Excellence in Innovation: Eye and Retina Specialists, Slit Lamp Shield.
Sydney City Excellence in Small Business: 2Stay Accommodation Group.
Sydney City Excellence in Sustainability: Koskela.