MBE for former Trust Chairman Mike Viggers
The Trust’s former Chairman, Mike Viggers, has been awarded an MBE for services to the NHS in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List today.
Mike led the Western Sussex Board of Directors for seven years before retiring in May 2018, having helped the organisation attain Foundation Trust status, introduce Patient First and achieve an ‘Outstanding’ rating from the CQC.
He was also Chairman of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust from April 2017 until his retirement, as part of Western Sussex’s leadership support for its neighbour.
Mike said: “Working with so many dedicated and caring people at Western Sussex and BSUH was the most rewarding experience of my working life and I feel humbled to be receiving this award on their behalf.
“Every day I spent in the NHS, I was moved by countless acts of amazing kindness from colleagues and volunteers who go above and beyond for their patients when they are most in need.
“The Health Service is truly blessed to have such incredible staff and I have been very proud to watch you all continue going from strength to strength over the past 12 months. Thank you again for all that you do.”
Chief executive Marianne Griffiths said: “We are all delighted to hear that Mike has been awarded an MBE. It’s a well-deserved recognition of his dedication and service to the NHS and his contribution to improving the quality of patient care we offer here at Western Sussex.
“We often talk about our staff going the extra mile for patients, but that absolutely applied to Mike’s own commitment to them too.”