ECH is delighted and proud to have won the national Outstanding Organisation Award at the 2020 HESTA Excellence Awards late last year.
Up against hundreds of nominations from across the country, ECH was selected from three finalists in the aged care sector for its extraordinary work and commitment to supporting older people.
ECH was recognised for its innovative and inclusive model of care and service delivery, affordable housing options and investment in technology as well as support for the LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex) community.
The HESTA awards aim to honour and celebrate organisations and teams who work tirelessly to deliver the highest quality care to older Australians.
ECH Chief Executive Dr David Panter says the national award is a fantastic achievement and is testament to the extensive work ECH does to set a genuine benchmark of exceptional care and service delivery.
“I am thrilled that ECH has been recognised as an outstanding organisation as it affirms that our approach and the services we provide are helping to benefit the community,” David says.
“The entire ECH team from the Board down, has worked tirelessly to deliver on its promise to provide the very best care and ensure that older South Australians have the best possible life as they age.
“All ECH staff, frontline carers, home and garden maintenance staff, office staff, nurses and GP’s are absolutely committed to enabling people to carry on living at home independently for as long as they wish to, through to a good and respectful death at home if that is their choice.”
Continuing to lead the industry in quality standards, ECH has invested in digital capabilities such as Billy and neighbourhood-based support for older people at risk of social isolation.
Along with national recognition from HESTA, ECH received $7,500 in prize money, which will be invested back into the ECH community.
The prize money will enable ECH to develop new social programs and initiatives that will continue to provide support to older people, benefiting more than 500 clients and residents.
“We know that remaining socially connected is the glue that helps older people stay living independently at home, so we’ll be using the prize money to help fund and expand our program of social connections activities,” says David.