23 July 2019: Cape Town, South Africa: The fifth edition of the Titanium Awards saw the inclusion of a new category known as the Best Paper Award. The award seeks to promote a balance of scientific rigour and relevance to the industry so that science is accessible to member trustees. Shivani Ranchod became the first winner of the Best Paper Award.

Titanium Award for Excellence in creating Access to Healthcare: The Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS) scooped the winner’s prize in this category. The award was conferred to GEMS in recognition of its initiatives aimed at facilitating access to healthcare.

Titanium Award for Best Healthcare Media Content: Primedia Cape Talk’s Pippa Hudson and Amy Rae Rispel were announced as the winners in this category. This award recognises health journalists for the contribution they have made towards raising awareness of healthcare issues through their reporting.

Titanium Award for Health Facilities (Hospitals, Primary Care, etc – Private and Public sectors): This award acknowledges individual healthcare facilities in the public and private sectors whose innovations and systems result in efficiency in the delivery of quality healthcare. Alliance Care was named as the winner in this category.

Titanium Award for Young Achiever: Anele Siswana was named as the winner of this category. The award celebrates young professionals who have made a notable impact in the healthcare industry and also seeks to promote effective succession within the sector to sustain the future of the medical profession. Anele walked away with R50 000 in prize money.

Titanium Award for Service to Membership: Open, Closed and Self-Administered Medical Schemes, Administrators and Managed Care Organisations: This award was conferred to Hosmed in recognition of the strides it has achieved to provide the best service to its members. The award recognises industry excellence and unprecedented contributions to members by providing value for money.

Titanium Award for the Best Paper: The category awards the best paper, which should provide information that is relevant to the intended readers and adds new knowledge. Nominees were judged on relevance, clarity, soundness or correctness, and completeness of their papers. The award is an attempt to ensure that the industry is evidence-based. Ms Shivani Ranchod was named as the winner in this category.

Titanium Award for Outstanding Achievement: The category celebrates any individual who has made outstanding and exceptional contributions to the healthcare industry to promote, grow, improve and advance the healthcare sector over a number of years. Dr Brian Ruff was named as the winner in this category.

Dr Humphrey Zokufa Lifetime Achievement Award: This award recognises any individual who has made a significant contribution to the healthcare industry over a number of years. The late Professor Sam Fehrsen was honoured with the award in this category. His daughter, Renita Fehrsen-du Toit, accepted the award on his behalf.