2019 caregiver of the year

Janelle Summerscales, Registered Nurse and Nurse Coordinator PARTY program, has been named the 2019 St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospitals caregiver of the year.

2019 Caregiver of the Year for St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospitals

5 March 2019

St John of God Midland Public Hospital CEO Michael Hogan said Janelle received the annual award for her dedication to assisting patients, colleagues and members of the community.

Janelle said she felt honoured and surprised to receive the award among so many standout nominees.

“There are so many people that are deserving of this award, I feel privileged to have been recognised. It makes me feel really good, knowing I have made a difference in people’s lives,” she said.

The caregiver of the year award is selected from the caregiver of the month winners over the past 12 months.

Michael said Janelle was originally awarded as one of our caregivers of the month for her compassionate and hospitable approach when caring for patients and fellow caregivers.

She was also recognised for her efforts driving the Prevent Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth (PARTY) program for local youth between 14 and 18 years old.

Janelle said she was passionate about the PARTY program and its importance in helping teenagers make safer choices. 

“The PARTY program focuses on helping the young people in our local area to stay safe, giving them the tools they need to make good choices and minimising their risk of being injured or experiencing trauma themselves,” Janelle said.

“I’ve been running the PARTY program at St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospital for the past 12 months.

"In that time, we’ve had more than 600 local secondary students come through the program to learn about trauma and injury and see the impact of poor decision-making first-hand.”

The caregiver of the month nominations can be submitted by patients, visitors and caregivers and is based on demonstrating strong evidence of bringing the organisation’s Values to life.


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