Mercy has been shortlisted as a finalist in three categories of the 2020 Westpac Otago Business Awards: Excellence in Service, Business Integrity and Essential Service Safety (for essential services that remained open throughout the COVID-19 lock down).
The biennial awards are organised by the Otago Chamber of Commerce and celebrate excellence, innovation and success in business across the Otago region.
Mercy's CEO Richard Whitney says that the awards provide an opportunity for recognition, benchmarking and celebration.
"Excellence in Service reflects Mercy's core business of delivering exceptional health care and elective surgical services.
"Mercy's unique history and ethos underscores all of our present day activities, including our significant charitable outreach and surgical fees relief programme. Continuing the legacy of the Sisters of Mercy, we endeavor to respond to need within our community, and this work was profiled in our Business Integrity submission.
"Our oncology unit, Mercy Cancer Care, continued to deliver exceptional care for patients throughout the COVID-19 lock down. This unprecedented global pandemic required staff to reconsider every aspect of care delivery to an extremely vulnerable cohort of patients, activities which were captured in Mercy's application for the Essential Service Safety category.
"Being recognised as finalists in all three categories is fantastic and a real morale boost for staff in what has been a challenging year for all," says Mr Whitney.
Winners of the Westpac Otago Business Awards 2020 will be announced at a gala dinner in November.