Our new helipad is officially open!
On Friday 17 June 2016, despite rather dreary weather, Jaclyn Symes, Member for Northern Victoria, officially opened our helipad. Speeches were also given by our CEO, Sue Race, Board Chair, Julia McGill and Mayor, Cr Sue Marstaeller. The ribbon was then cut by Jaclyn Symes, Julia McGill and Steph Ryan, Deputy Leader of the Nationals. There were very many people involved in this project and our thanks are extended to everyone involved for their hard work, dedication and commitment. The new helipad is state of the art and represents best practice for hospital helipads. Some photos of the helipad and the opening event are included here.
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.
Our Hospital Opp Shop recently reached the fantastic milestone of turning over $500K in sales. To celebrate this achievement we had a 'thank you' lunch with the available Opp Shop Committee Members on Wednesday 4 November 2015. Unfortunately the President, Shirley Robinson, was unwell and couldn't attend. Prof. Ian Brand, our Director of Medical Services, delighted participants with his stories of working in Papua New Guinea and Australia. Pictured below are the Opp Shop group, together with Prof. Ian Brand (2nd from left) and Carmel Robinson, Acting Director of Nursing (2nd from right).
Pictured above is Jeanette Laffan from Ruralco handing a cheque for $837.00 to our Board Chair, Julia McGill, together with Acting Director of Nursing Carmel Robinson and Acting CEO, Colin Clark.
Ruralco-Rodwells Kilmore’s Family Fun Day was held on Saturday 24 October at their Powlett Street premises. The event was well-attended and raised $837.00 for the Kilmore & District Hospital and $378.00 for the Kilmore CFA.
“Ruralco-Rodwells Kilmore has been part of the local business community for over 30 years and a major focus of our company is supporting our local community,” said Wayne Weston, Kilmore Branch Manager.
“With the generous support of local businesses, suppliers, customers and our staff we are pleased that we were able to raise funds for the The Kilmore & District Hospital and CFA.”
The Kilmore & District Hospital, Acting CEO, Colin Clark said “This type of fundraising is fantastic for our hospital and assists us to purchase much needed equipment. We very much appreciate the efforts of Ruralco and thank them for support of our hospital.”
Over the week of October 15th to 22nd celebrations take place across the State to recognise public sector aged care workers.
This year, The Kilmore and District Hospital will delay their celebrations to acknowledge how much their aged care staff are appreciated until Friday 13 November 2015. On that day a celebratory high tea will be held at Caladenia Nursing Home and Dianella Hostel to recognise the hard work of the Aged Care Staff at both residences and their commitment to the care of residents.
Celebrating Aged Care Week has been running since 2012 and is an initiative of the Public Sector Residential Aged Care Leadership Committee; a network of public sector aged care directors of nursing committed to the improvement of the public residential aged care sector.
As you can see below - OUR STAFF GO TO ALL LENGTHS TO ENTERTAIN OUR RESIDENTS!!
Proving that it's never too late to learn
Residents, families & staff will recognise these two ladies as long standing staff members from Caladenia Nursing Home. Both “local residents”, Shirley (Wallan) and Wendy (Wandong) have, between them, 40 years of service as Enrolled Nurses to Caladenia.
Proving that it is never too late to learn a new skill, Shirley & Wendy recently undertook their Medication Endorsement, a course that allows them to administer medications. The course involves 134 hours of classroom based and self directed learning theory, 76 hours of supervised practical experience and a final exam after clinical placement. Wendy and Shirley tell us that although they found the course challenging it has also been very rewarding. Well done Wendy & Shirley!