Monday, September 20, 2021

A Kildare man was among a number of people honoured at Tallaght University Hospital (TUH) at their fourth annual Hero Awards where individual staff and teams are recognised for the incredible difference they have made to patients, their families and to their colleagues.

Maynooth native Damien O’Connor, who is Facility Officer at Trinity Education Centre was honoured for his outstanding service to patients or staff within the hospital

The citation read: “Damian treats all of his colleagues with the same respect regardless of grade or job role. He is always there to help just when you need him and will always go above and beyond for everything and everyone who asks for assistance with the most brilliant smile on his face.”

 “The COVID-19 Pandemic has presented us all both professionally and personally with enormous challenges. No one could ever have envisaged the changes we would have undergone in providing care to our patients or how our own lives would alter.”said Chief Executive of TUH Lucy Nugent. Every single person working across the Hospital has had to adapt and this has been done with incredible spirit, compassion and dedication, always putting the patient and their families first. I would like to congratulate all of the award recipients and thank them for the incredible energy and commitment they bring to the hospital,” she said.

Also commenting on the awards, Director of HR at TUH, Sharon Larkin said: “In addition to the COVID Pandemic this year our staff also faced the challenges brought by the cyber-attack.  Today, in addition to the Hero Awards, we presented a specially commissioned medal on behalf of the Hospital Management team and Medical Board. This medal is a symbolic gesture to recognise the incredible TUH team effort that staff across every service and discipline have made to our patients and one another during the most challenging of times. It is a symbol for us all to have to remember what we have achieved and overcome in the last 18 months.”

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