Te Mana Hauora O Te Tairawhiti
3 June 2016
Tracy is a Cardiology Clinical Nurse Specialist; her role is to support people to understand and manage their heart disease.
Tracy works from Tui Te Ora at Hauora Tairawhiti. She recently won the award for Innovation and Support in the Workplace at the Annual NAMOT (Nurses and Midwives of Tairāwhiti) Awards. However she contributes this award to the tireless efforts of not just her but the whole Cardiology team.
Tracy has worked tirelessly to improve the health of Tairāwhiti hearts, by leading a number of projects which have changed Cardiology Services in our District. Tracy’s work is known locally, through the Midland region and across New Zealand, she is very well respected.
Tracy was the driving force behind the local community delivering cardiac rehabilitation (Heart Recovery Programme) service through the partnership of Midlands Health Network and Sport Gisborne. This programme minimises unnecessary admissions to hospital by aiming to help people through knowledge, confidence, determination and motivation to exercise safely, eat healthily and manage their medicines. The shift from a hospital based programme to the delivery in the community was the first of its kind in the country.
Tracy also developed the “pink sticker” system to identify people admitted to hospital with acute coronary syndrome, ensuring that the right services are offered quickly to those who need them most. This sticker has now been adopted through the region. This is one of the many ways Tracy has worked to meet the National targets for access to cardiac investigations within 72 hours of an acute event.
Tracy also worked with the Heart Foundation to develop an easy to use guide for cardiac procedures. These leaflets and information are now used around the country to help people understand their heart health.
Tracy is working to improve health outcomes for the people of our district who, at the moment, have poorer health outcomes than the national average. Tracy has extended the services we offer in terms of cardiac imaging to our community, and is currently working on three new services to improve access to cardiology services.
It takes people like Tracy to make a real difference to the health of a community; she is very deserving of this award, and we are incredibly lucky to have her here at Hauora Tairāwhiti!