Specialists inaugural winners of St John of God Mt Lawley medical awards

Specialists inaugural winners of St John of God Mt Lawley medical awards

AN obstetrician and a gynaecologist were recently named the inaugural recipients of the St John of God Mt Lawley Hospital’s medical awards.

Dr Pierre Smith was awarded the Doctor of the Year Award and Dr Donald Clark received the Ellis Pixley Award.

St John of God Mt Lawley Hospital director of medical services Dr Stuart Prosser said the awards recognise the “exceptional contribution the two doctors have made to the hospital, their patients and the community”.

“We launched the awards to provide a platform to publicly acknowledge the dedication and commitment by doctors to make sure patients receive high-quality care,” said Dr Prosser.

“Dr Smith was nominated for his dedication to his patients and for always being polite, helpful and approachable. Dr Clark, who recently retired, has worked at the hospital for 23 of his 33 years as an obstetrician,” said Dr Prosser.

“Having delivered more than 6600 babies, Dr Clark truly reflects this award, which was named in honour of obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Ellis Pixley, the hospital’s first medical director.

“Dr Clark has been a much loved and respected part of our hospital and he has played an instrumental role in helping shape and guide our maternity services. He will be greatly missed at the hospital.”

Dr Pixley was an internationally renowned pioneer in colposcopy, a founding member of the Australian Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology and author. He remained dedicated to cervical cancer research until he died in 1992.

The awards are nominated by the hospital’s clinical nurse managers and are based on a nominee’s demonstration of St John of God Health Care’s values (hospitality, compassion, respect, justice and excellence).

The awards were presented at the hospital’s Medical Soiree last December, which acknowledges the contribution of specialists to the hospital and its patients.