The Midlands Public Health group, which includes members from Laois, has been awarded the HSE Excellence Award.
The team were presented with the accolade recently following their collective response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Doctors, nurses, surveillance teams, contact tracers and administrative staff have all played a unique role throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr Una Fallon who accepted the award on behalf of the Team, was delighted.
She said: “It gives me great pleasure to accept this award on behalf of the team in the Department of Public Health in the Midlands.
“I am delighted to be able to thank each and every one of the team personally.
“I cannot commend you highly enough for all you have done during the pandemic, the commitment you have shown and the personal sacrifices you have made in monitoring and preventing COVID in the Midlands, supporting people and supporting other services.
“Members of the team changed quite a bit during the last two years, but the character and the ethos of the Midlands team endured and will persist into the future.”
Dr Colm Henry, HSE’s Chief Clinical Officer, said: “It is an honour to present the HSE Excellence Award to all staff of Public Health departments across the country.
“Hundreds of hard-working staff in every region, including doctors, nurses, surveillance teams, contact tracers and administrative staff, have played a unique role throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Many lives have been saved through their tireless efforts in outbreak management and control, the tracking and tracing of the disease, and breaking and preventing numerous chains of transmission in the community.
“While Public Health’s work is ongoing in this pandemic, it is important that we recognise and acknowledge their major contribution over the past two years.”