CorkUniversity Maternity Hospital celebrated its 1st birthday on 31st March 2008 having delivered over 8,500 babies in its first year. The birthing process of this 21st century centre of excellence was quite a challenging occasion in 2007. The journey in that year shared by the multi-disciplinary team was happy, sad, emotional, challenging, at times frustrating but also exciting.
According to Director of Midwifery, Geraldine Keohane, “all staff were invited to take part in the birthday celebrations by presenting a poster on their work place. Part of the presentation’s beauty was that there were no formal guidelines laid down, it was left up to the creative juices of each individual or staff group. This led to a huge variety in the presentation. Staff enthusiastically took up the challenge with a total of 50 posters received. Everyone got involved: administrative, catering, housekeeping, security and pastoral care staff along with porters, doctors, midwives, nursery nurses, care assistants, physiotherapists, dieticians, pharmacists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, social workers and managers".
“The academics among us presented research, statistics and evidence based posters. Others exhibited cartoon display, pictures and poems as well as a scrap book display".
“This is transformation at its best with a real sense of staff pride in service delivery displayed on the 1st April 2008. Other highlights of the day included superb refreshments for staff provided by catering staff as well as music and flower arrangements".
A very sincere thank you to all the staff and everybody who became involved to ensure that the first birthday was celebrated as all first birthdays should be a day to remember.
Last updated on: 12 / 06 / 2008