KZN award for Bethesda doctor

2014-07-29 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL’S award-winning doctor Kelly Gate yesterday thanked his team at the Bethesda Hospital in Ubombo for his latest award from the provincial government.

As Bethesda Hospital’s medical manager, Gate was named the Best Public Service Leader of the Year in the Premier’s Service Excellency Awards last Thursday.

Gate could not personally attend the ceremony in Durban because his wife Mary-Jane, a dietician at the hospital, recently given birth to their baby daughter, Maya.

“I am very honoured. It is nice to be recognised, but I would not have done what I did without the team I work with at the hospital,” Gate said.

He described the award as “very satisfying” in recognising his team’s efforts at the rural hospital.

“It is a pleasure to give back to those who are less fortunate. We have been blessed with the career opportunities we have. The community is appreciative of the work we do here,” Gate said.

He added the award was also about the hospital’s team and their management style.

“We try to incorporate people on the ground to buy into our ideas. The leadership style is team effort, not a top-down approach. We listen and get feedback from our customers to improve things.”

Gate is no stranger to winning awards as he was named in 2012 as the Rural Doctor of the Year by the Rural Doctors of Southern Africa.

The Mail & Guardian also named Gate as one of its 200 Young South Africans the same year.

He was also named as the winner of the Best Overall Batho Pele Public Servant Award by Public Service and Administration Department and Best Public Service Leader of the Year in 2013.

Gate, a graduate of University of Pretoria, was born in Arnot in Mpumalanga.

His links with Bethesda Hospital date back to 2004, when he did his one-year community service and left — only to return three years later.

After a stint in Britain and McCord Hospital in Durban, Gate then returned permanently with Mary-Jane to Bethesda Hospital in 2010.

“There is no plan to leave any time,” he said.

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