Hospital chaplain honoured for spreading joy during difficult times

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FSFHG chaplain Clare Oudman, winner of the Chief Executive's Commitment to Excellence Award
June 8, 2021

Since Clare Oudman joined Fiona Stanley Fremantle Hospitals Group (FSFHG) as a chaplain, hospital corridors have been filled with choirs and flash mobs and the hearts of patients, families and staff filled with joy.

Clare’s compassionate pastoral support, leadership and passion to bring together people of different ages, backgrounds, skills and abilities, saw her win the Chief Executive's Commitment to Excellence Award at the recent South Metropolitan Health Service (SMHS) Excellence Awards (external site).

In what is emotionally challenging work, Clare focuses on how the patient and staff experience is intertwined, and how she can nurture staff in a safe, creative space to build stronger connections to support them in their daily work.

Clare said she was humbled to receive the award and honoured to know that her work made such a significant difference to the lives of patients, their families, and staff.

“I’ve only worked in a pastoral care role for 18 months, so this award has given me confidence that I contribute something meaningful that supports and empowers people,” Clare said.

SMHS Chief Executive, Paul Forden, said Clare’s ability to lead and inspire patients, families and staff, makes her a deserving award winner.

“Clare brings fun and brightness to the whole health service, all the while offering a great deal of support and care to patients and staff,” Paul said.

The SMHS Excellence Awards celebrate high-achieving staff across Fiona Stanley, Fremantle, Rockingham General and Murray District hospitals who exemplify the SMHS core values of Care, Integrity, Respect, Excellence and Teamwork in their care and service each and every day.

The SMHS Chief Executive's Commitment to Excellence Award was generously sponsored by Allscripts. 

See more 2021 SMHS Excellence Awards winners (external site).

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