Recognising 

Excellence in Service

at University Hospital Kerry 

The People of UHK Awards celebrate the individuals and teams who go the extra mile and make a real difference to patients, families and colleagues. They will focus on showing appreciation to those who strive to put the care of patients and their families first, as well as those who support the overall team in UHK.  Members of staff from any department or service within UHK can be nominated and are eligible for an award.  

UHK believes that people who go above and beyond and directly or indirectly help to deliver an exceptional patient experience are worthy of this recognition.

In recognition of the close relationship with the community, patients and their families will be able to nominate a member of staff that made a real difference during a patient’s time at UHK.  Members of staff from any department or service within UHK can be nominated and are eligible for an award.  UHK believes that people who go above and beyond what a patient would expect and delivers an exceptional patient experience are worthy of this recognition.

Every day, staff throughout the Hospital either individually or through team work contribute to the care of patients and the overall smooth running of the Hospital. The People of UHK Awards is an opportunity to encourage peer to peer praise, as well as enabling patients to nominate staff who have made a positive impact on their experience.

People of UHK Award Winners 2022

The first ever People of UHK Awards were held on Monday 4th of July in the Pavilion Room of Ballygarry Estate Hotel & Spa. The Awards celebrated the individuals and teams who go the extra mile and make a real difference to patients, families, and colleagues. They focus on showing appreciation to those who strive to put the care of patients and their families first, as well as those who support the overall team in UHK. Members of staff from any department or service within UHK were eligible to be nominated for an award. 

In light of the concern over Covid-19 numbers currently, the event was very much scaled back to recipients only for this year, however Management at UHK have expressed the desire to host an annual awards event to recognise the considerable effort and dedication shown by the people who work in UHK. Along with a number of awards nominated by members of staff within the hospital, in recognition of the close relationship with the community, patients and their families were invited to nominate a member of staff who excelled in the care they gave to a patient. 

Having received hundreds of nominations from members of the public and the team within UHK, judges selected winners from a shortlist. The judges for the event included Mary Bonn (UHK Volunteer); David Clifford (Kerry Footballer); Gwen Ryan (Senior HR SSWHG); Fearghal Grimes (Senior Management UHK) and Lorraine Griffin (UHK Service User). 

 The award winners for 2022 were: 

Patient Care Awards (Nominated by the Public) 

Ann O’Sullivan (ED, Housekeeping) 

Carrie Dillon (Bereavement Midwife) 

Declan Corcoran (Infusion, IBD Nurse) 

Gemma Brosnan Mangan (ED, Nurse) 

Mairéad O’Sullivan (Maternity, Lactation Consultant) 

Patricia Kerins (Endoscopy, HCA) 

UHK Covid Champion Award (Special Recognition)

Margaret Kennedy (Housekeeping Manager)

Leadership Award (Nominated by UHK staff) 

Dr Niamh Feely (Clinical Director / Anaesthetist) 

People of UHK Award (Nominated by UHK staff) 

Mairéad Enright (Healthcare Assistant) 

Team of the Year Award (Nominated by UHK staff) 

Maternity Services Team 

Unsung Champion Award (Nominated by UHK staff) 

Mareeda De Róiste (Executive Support to GM and EMB)