Bravo! Bravo!

Staff, volunteers and physicians in Saskatoon Health Region got a pat on the back from their peers and colleagues last week.

The Region hosted the 2014 BRAVO staff recognition program ceremonies on October 7 in front of a packed house of over 600 people at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon.

A total of 150 individuals and teams were recognized for their dedication to their jobs and for providing excellent service to those accessing Region services.

Saskatoon Health Region CEO Maura Davies (right) congratulates Dr. Ali Saad on his Bravo recognition. Dr. Saad was nominated five times for the great work he does for the Region. He was one of 150 individuals and groups honoured at the BRAVO recognition ceremony October 7.

Saskatoon Health Region CEO Maura Davies (right) congratulates Dr. Ali Saad on his BRAVO recognition. Dr. Saad was nominated five times for the great work he does for the Region. He was one of 150 individuals and groups honoured at the BRAVO recognition ceremony October 7.

“The purpose of tonight is to celebrate our staff, everyone who contributes to our mission of serving those in need,” said Corey Miller, Vice-President of Integrated Health Services and master of ceremonies for the evening.

BRAVO recognizes employees, volunteers and physicians of Saskatoon Health Region and staff from affiliate agencies, who exhibit behaviours and produce results that reinforce our Region’s goals. The recognition for each individual or group falls into one of eight categories: leadership, exceptional service, excellence, healthy workplace, our values in action, collaboration, philanthropy, or innovation. It’s a non-competitive program, and those recognized are nominated by their colleagues and peers.

“This is such a special event, an opportunity to celebrate and recognize people and teams who work in the Health Region,” said Maura Davies, president and CEO, who congratulated each BRAVO recipient present for the ceremony.

Those recognized through BRAVO “are people who show that we are privileged to work in health care,” Davies stated. “We feel it’s a calling to serve our community. We care about the work we do and the people we work with.”

These are people who are willing to go above and beyond in their work; they don’t just come to work, they are passionate about it, Davies indicated.

Passion was definitely what bound those being recognized at this ceremony together, from the maintenance crew at one hospital to the health status reporting team of public health to registered nurses in the surgical ward. Groups and individuals receiving BRAVO recognition came from all over the Region. Many rural facilities and rural-based teams were represented, as well as those from Saskatoon. Teams and individuals were lauded for their problem-solving skills, their creative thinking, their overwhelming dedication to serving clients, and their mentorship of new staff, among other things.

The large group of mentors in the Saskatchewan Leadership Program got a huge round of applause when they were called up to the stage. This team has created an exceptional experience for participants in the program which allows them to grow their leadership skills and bring out the best of their abilities.

The mentors involved in the Saskatchewan Leadership Program were lauded for their Leadership at the BRAVO recognition ceremony October 7.

The mentors involved in the Saskatchewan Leadership Program were lauded for their Leadership at the BRAVO recognition ceremony October 7.

A group of nurses from the Critical Care Unit at Royal University Hospital was also applauded loudly. These individuals have gone above and beyond their professional responsibilities in the care of patients and families in their unit, and have demonstrated compassion beyond belief, strong morals, and a caring nature.

This group of staff from the Critical Care Unit at Royal University Hospital were honoured going above and beyond in their work in their care of patients and families in their unit.

This group of staff from the Critical Care Unit at Royal University Hospital were honoured going above and beyond in their work in their care of patients and families in their unit.

The histology team in the lab at Saskatoon City Hospital was recognized for the incredible response demonstrated in the face of a critical event – a fire – in the special stains area of the laboratory at Saskatoon City Hospital. The team supported one another with respect and compassion during a very stressful time and their commitment to a safe workplace for all staff.

This group of staff from the lab at Saskatoon City Hospital supported one another and showed great compassion to each other after a fire in a portion of the lab.

This group of staff from the lab at Saskatoon City Hospital supported one another and showed great compassion to each other after a fire in a portion of the lab.

Pathologist Dr. Ali Saad also gained a lot of attention for his work. Dr. Saad was actually nominated five times for recognition this year. As a Pathologist and teacher, Dr. Saad provides not only the best service for patient care, but excellent teaching for residents and junior pathologists, and is a role model of work ethics and behaviors in addition to being a  man of noble character.