A big congratulations to Tracey Hooke, Lifestyle Coordinator at Caladenia Nursing Home who won the MOA Benchmarking Regional Award for Community Service in Aged Care. We are all ecstatic and thrilled for Tracey who is such a deserving recipient.
The award was presented as part of the Regional Community and Achievement Awards held on Friday 14 October 2016. There were a number of excellent finalists in this category, but our Tracey took out the honours!!
On Wednesday 17 August 2016 the hospital was treated with a special visit from Samuel, Luke, Feny, Sienna, Aljoud, Abigail and Alannah - Grade 6 students from Ivanhoe Grammar (Mernda Campus), together with their two delightful teachers Natalie Simpson and Nancy Ventrice.
The amazing artwork shown in these photos is the result of many hours of hard work by the primary school students at Ivanhoe Grammar (Mernda Campus).
The fabulous tree, will be proudly on display at Caladenia Nursing Home, where it will help residents and their families celebrate the official opening of the Maggie Beer Garden which was undertaken only last week. The students were given a tour of the Maggie Beer Garden during their visit and were pleased that this would be the home for the beautiful tree.
The other beautiful and colourful works will be displayed in both Dianella Hostel and our new Hospital Wing.
We are simply blown away by the fantastic effort of students and the dedication it has taken to complete these works. We also want to thank the students teachers, Nancy & Natalie too for all their hard work too. The results are simly breathtaking. The feedback we have already received from everyone at the hospital is that the art is stunning and everyone wants them to adorn their walls!
In addition to the artwork, young Samuel, on behalf of his fellow students, presented our Director of Finance and Administration Colin Clark with a cheque for $850!! This money was raised as a result of their Book Fair earlier in the year.
The hospital is very privileged and honoured to be the beneficiary of such outstanding work and we offer our heartfelt thanks to Ivanhoe Grammar School (Mernda Campus).
All the pictures from the day can be viewed on our Facebook page.
On Thursday 11 August 2016 we celebrated the 25th Anniversary of Caladenia Nursing Home. The date was also a special occasion as we celebrated the official opening of the Maggie Beer Garden after receiving a $10,000 grant from the Maggie Beer Foundation.
Our CEO Sue Race was MC and Member for McEwen, Rob Mitchell, MP was our official representative for the day. Our Board President, Julia McGill also spoke on behaf of the Hospital Board.
Many thanks to Steph Busch who attended on behalf of the Maggie Beer Foundation and together with Rob Mitchell, CEO Sue Race and Caladenia Activities Coordinator, Tracey Hooke, opened the beautiful Maggie Beer Garden.
Thanks also to our guest dignatories, including Mayor, Cr Sue Marstaeller and Deputy Mayor, Cr Des Callaghan and Member for Eurora, Steph Ryan.
Special thanks to the Kilmore Primary School students who were our Choir for the day.
Many thanks to our wonderful volunteers who helped to build this beautiful garden and particular thanks to Tracey Hooke who did so much work not only with the garden, but also organising the day. Thanks also to Carmel Robinson, Aged Care Supervisor for her work both on the day and leading up to it.
Special thanks also to our wonderful major sponsors for the day:
Maggie Beer Foundation
Thanks also to our wonderful community who attended (over 100 people!!) and helped us celebrate the day.
For all the photos from the day - check out our Facebook page:
The Kilmore & District Hospital is very sad to learn that one of our most loved and valued volunteers, Lorraine Marie, has passed away.
Lorraine was actively involved in many aspects of volunteering at our hospital over the last 20 years. Lorraine was president of the Hospital Auxiliary and served tirelessly on that committee for many years. She was also a regular volunteer at Caladenia, being involved with the Meals Assist Program with our residents; she also delivered flowers to patients at the hospital and supported many other hospital initiatives. Lorraine also worked at the Hospital Opp Shop for many years. She was always known as a caring person who found the time to visit unwell or struggling people within the community - caring that generally goes unrecognised other than from those receiving it.
Lorraine was a very unassuming, humble, yet committed volunteer. She willingly contributed wherever it was requested or needed and whilst often seen volunteering at events and activities throughout her week she was also known to be quietly working on projects at home making items to donate to someone in need or to raise money for the hospital. Only last week, Lorraine was involved with the Hospital Auxiliary in organising a Fashion Parade in Kilmore for the hospital.
Lorraine will be very much missed by us all at Kilmore Hospital and I know that our staff and volunteers who have worked with and come to know Lorraine personally over the years will feel this loss very deeply.
Our deepest sympathy is also extended to Lorraine’s family and to her many friends throughout the community.
Sue Race, Chief Executive Officer
The Kilmore & District Hospital
27 April 2016
We were proud to be part of the The Mitchell Shire 2016 Health & Wellbeing Expo that was held last Saturday. Visitors who attended our display had the opportunity to have their blood pressure and blood glucose levels checked. There were also CPR demonstrations where everyone got involved. Many thanks to our staff who made themselves available on the Saturday to attend the expo and provide the demonstrations.
Petronella 'Nelly' turns 100!!
Congratulations to much loved resident of Dianella, 'Nelly' on turning 100 years old today.
Petronella was born in Holland on 11 January 1916. She lived in Rotterdam for 40 years and married Nicolaas, a carpenter on 6 March 1940. Soon after they began their family and had two children, Sibilla and Nicolaas (pictured here with mum). After experiencing the hardships of World War II and the impact it had on Europe, Petronella and Nicolaas decide...d to move to Australia in 1956 to begin a new life. They settled in Barwon Heads, Victoria and travelled to a number of small country towns to live like Fawkner, Geelong and Murchison. Over the years Petronella worked as a fine seamstress, a leather bag and wallet maker and was a wonderful wife and mother. Over the past 20 years, Petronella called Broadford, Seymour and now Kilmore her home. Apart from her eye sight, her health is remarkable and her sense of humour and outlook on life is positive and easy going. Petronella says that the trick to her longevity is coffee, chocolate and cookies every day! She is a proud mother of two, grandmother of six and great grandmother of seven. We wish Petronella a very happy 100th birthday. She has also received best wishes from the Queen, Prime Minister and Governor.
The Kilmore & District Hospital is very happy to announce that Ms Susan (Sue) Race has been appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer, with a commencement date of Monday 30 November 2015.
Sue Race grew up on a diary farm in the Hume region and graduated from the University of Melbourne with an Honours Degree in Agricultural Science. She then followed her passion for food and strong interest in health sciences to complete a post graduate qualification in Nutrition and Dietetics at the Flinders University in South Australia.
Sue returned to Melbourne and worked clinically as a Dietitian in a number of major metropolitan hospitals and moved into management roles early on in her career.
In 2001 Sue’s interest in project management and policy development initiated a career change when she took up a role with the then Victorian Department of Human Services (now Health and Human Services). Sue lead statewide program and policy development for rehabilitation, aged and complex care, post acute care and hospital in the home services.
In 2010 Sue decided it was time to get back into service delivery and accepted her most recent role as Divisional Director for Subacute and Aged Care Services at Western Health. In 2012 she was appointed as a Surveyor with the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards.
Her experience encompasses strategic planning of services, program and policy development, project and operational management, redesigning and implementing new models of care and building capacity through collaboration and partnerships. Sue has received national recognition for excellence in improving health and wellbeing outcomes for young people with disabilities.
Sue has a Master of Public Policy and Management degree and is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management.
When not at work Sue loves spending time with her partner and their three girls and enjoys relaxing with a good book.