Buderim Private Hospital Names First Recipient Of Elsa Wilson Award

Buderim Private Hospital has named Kylie Wydell as the very first recipient of the Elsa Wilson Award, a recognition named after the hospital’s founder.

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Ms Wydell, who works as a wound care specialist and stomal therapist at Buderim Private Hospital, revealed she was completely surprised by the award, which she graciously accepted on behalf of all the patients she has cared for at the hospital over the past seven years.

“My patients have chronic wounds and stomas and it’s really comforting to be part of their journey to help them get better and make a difference to their life,” she said.

Ms Wydell and Ms Blair with Michael Krieg
From L-R: Michael Krieg, Executive Director of UnitingCare Hospitals, Kylie Wydell, and Heidi Blair (Photo credit: Buderim Private Hospital/Facebook)

“It is a shame that all my amazing colleagues who were finalists can’t also be rewarded but we are all rewarded by working here and having the privilege of caring for patients,” Ms Wydell added.

According to Ms Karen Clark, General Manager at the hospital, all the monthly winners of the hospital’s award program were considered for the award and the hospital Leadership Team had the difficult task of voting on the overall winner to receive the Elsa Wilson Award.

About the Elsa Wilson Award

Ms Wydell accepting the award
Photo credit: Buderim Private Hospital/Facebook

The Elsa Wilson Award will be presented each year to a staff member who goes above and beyond to uphold the hospital’s values of working together, respect, justice, compassion and leading through learning. 

It was named after the founder of the hospital, Elsa Wilson, who established the hospital in 1980 who felt her husband, a local GP, and his patients should not have to travel to Nambour for hospitalisation. However, Mrs Wilson passed away from cancer in 1982.

Ms Wydell with Ms Clark
Ms Wydell with Ms Clark (Photo credit: Buderim Private Hospital/Facebook)

Heid Blair, Elsa Wilson’s daughter, was one of the award’s presenters, along with Ms Clark and Michael Krieg, Executive Director of UnitingCare Hospitals.

Ms Blair felt very proud to present the award on behalf of her mother, who she believes would be very proud to know that her name is being used to honour exemplary care and service at Buderim Private Hospital.