Louise Thomson, the late CEO of Australia’s leading nursing agency Caring for You, has been posthumously honoured with the prestigious international Gold Stevie Award for her lifetime achievement.
From humble beginnings in 2004 with just two nurses on the books, Louise grew the highly regarded agency into Australia’s largest nurse-owned recruitment agency.
That work has been recognised as part of the 18th Annual International Business Awards. Caring For You was also awarded a Silver Stevie for Most Exemplary Employer.
"Still today we have people approach us telling us what an inspiration mum was to them," Co-CEO and Louise’s daughter Belle Thomson said.
"She was a brilliant businesswoman, leader and advocate for the healthcare industry, strengthened by her vivacious personality. She met everyone with a warmth that made them feel not just appreciated but understood.
"We believe these awards reflect this, and we're delighted to accept these awards in her memory."
The talented nurse and businesswoman, who passed away suddenly earlier this year, was recorded as the first Registered Nurse and Midwife in the country.
Louise started the Caring for You agency on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, driven by a desire to supply well-trained professional nurses to the healthcare industry who would be appreciated by employers with strong values. Today it employs more than 5,000 nurses and carers across Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia.
Following her passing, her two daughters Grace and Belle (both registered nurses), who have actively been involved in the business over the last decade, have stepped up to carry on her company's legacy as joint CEOs.
The Stevie’s (meaning ‘crowned’ in Greek) form part of the Annual International Business Awards and are granted by a curated selection of 260 business experts from across the world. This year, the awards attracted more than 3,700 nominations.
The judges for the awards said of Louise, “they say that the legacy you leave speaks volumes about who you were as a person. This legacy shows that by valuing nurses you create an environment of exceptional care. Congratulations Louise for all that you achieved during your lifetime”.
Another judge remarked, “Caring for You has developed one of the most detailed COVID response protocols supported by many documents which define all responsibilities step by step. It will not be wrong to argue that they have done a great job as part of crisis management.”
Since March 2020, Caring for You has been on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic response in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, supplying high quality agency nurses and carers to hospitals, aged care facilities and home care environments.
Speaking on the uniqueness of the agency, Co-CEO Grace said, “nurses and carers often choose Caring for You for its positive workplace culture and commitment to excellence, and it’s wonderful to now see this recognised internationally.”
“COVID has been a very uncertain time for the industry, but through the agency’s tireless efforts to keep nurses working, we were able to place nurses in more than 400 shifts each day, and we now employ 4,500 healthcare professionals,” Grace said.
With the award recipients named, the industry is now ready to herald the winners during a virtual ceremony to be held on December 8.
For more information on The International Business Awards and the lists of Stevie Award winners, visit: StevieAwards.com/IBA.
To view event >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWyRUgWo0L0
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As a business woman I’m a hard marker but have to say that it has been hard to fault Caring for You – their nurses and carers are excellent – professional, friendly, well presented and trustworthy. Caring for You provides a highly personalised service, with continuity of Carers which for us has been an important stabiliser. ‘Caring for You’ has been a blessing and provided all of us with peace of mind.
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Caring for You PCA's were great with the residents, took one of our residents for a walk in the garden and picked flowers followed by gathering a group of residents into the hakea dining area to play word games on the whiteboard in which the residents thoroughly enjoyed
I can only give positive feedback on my overall experience with you and C4U. The recruitment process was so welcoming. I have always felt like a valued employee from day. To meet and work with people with values that match my own where aged care is concerned is so good. Never have I regretted working for C4U
My personal experiences with Caring for You from the very beginning to the end have exceeded all my expectations! I have had such an amazing time working for Caring for you, everyone is so personal, and they really CARE for you.
I enjoyed being part of the professional team at Caring for You and was impressed also with the prompt response time to any query I had along with the friendly personalised service
I appreciate the culture at Caring for you - the entire team, doing such a great job in looking after us. I am very grateful for being on board with this organisation
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