St Andrew's Ipswich Private Hospital is Business of the Year
THE spotlight has been once again turned on the Ipswich business community giving people from companies of all sizes and industries the chance to shine brightly.
The annual event, organised by the Ipswich Chamber of Commerce, recognises the region's top business achievers.
More than 150 nominations were received this year. Finalists recently gathered at an awards ceremony held at the Ipswich Civic Centre.
The 11 award categories included New Business of the Year, Customer Service Award and Business Person of the Year.
One of the big winners of the night was St Andrew's Ipswich Private Hospital which was named Business of the Year, the top gong among the awards.
The hospital's CEO Chris Went attributed the win to all the hard-working teams within the hospital who she described as "the soul of the place".
Ms Went said the achievement was also a reflection of the hospital's commitment to providing a wide range of specialist services to Ipswich.
"It is important for the hospital to grow so that it can better meet the needs of our community," Ms Went said.
"We don't want people in Ipswich forced to travel to Brisbane to get access to health services."
Ms Went said the business growth could be attributed to a number of new developments, which included a major theatre expansion in 2012.
"We've had a number of new doctors start to provide new services, such as rehabilitation services for private patients and neurosurgical back surgery.
"In the past five years, patient admissions have grown by more than 20%."
Ms Went said the awards were a great way to bring local businesses together and provided an environment for people to network.
"It was a chance for Ipswich business people to discuss how their services could benefit one another," she said.
"Each of the finalists had made impressive applications, everyone was deserving of an award."