Emergency Department doctor wins inaugural Yusuf Nagree award for excellence

A female doctor stands at a computer. A man in hospital scrubs stands beside her.
Dr Leanne Hartnett training her colleague, Umair Ejaz
January 21, 2021

Congratulations to Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) Emergency Department (ED) Doctor Leanne Hartnett who has won the inaugural Yusuf Nagree FSH ED Excellence Award.

Leanne established a comprehensive training program for the development and credentialing of staff in point of care ultrasound (PoCUS) for ED trainee doctors.

This has led to a greater availability and quality of point of care ultrasound, and resulted in improved patient care in the ED. The training program is also enabling emergency medicine trainees to gain formal PoCUS credentials.

Leanne said she was surprised but very proud to receive the award in honour of her late colleague and friend Yusuf.

“Through the PoCUS training program, I hoped to improve the rates of emergency trainee credentialing and reduce clinical incidents where appropriate use of PoCUS may have benefited patient care,” Leanne said.

Leanne was selected as the winner from seven nominees, and was one of four finalists including Dr Ian Dey, Dr Kirsty Skinner and Dr Tom Hitchcock. 

The award celebrates an emergency doctor who has demonstrated commitment, leadership, mentorship or innovation in an area of quality and safety, research or service development in the FSH ED.  

The award memorialises and is named in honour of Dr Yusuf Nagree, a respected and much loved FSH emergency specialist, who was an advocate and mentor for innovation, quality improvement, service development and research in emergency healthcare. 

Dr Nagree’s family, who were present at the ceremony, said they were grateful to Dr Vanessa Clayden, FSH Head of Emergency Medicine, and her team for establishing the award which would have meant a lot to Yusuf.

“Since he was young, Yusuf always strived for excellence and helped others do the same,” said Farida and Shakir Nagree, Yusuf’s parents.

“We would like to congratulate all the participants and especially Dr Hartnett who had a special connection with Yusuf – we miss him very much.”

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