Merry Christmas from GV Health
Published at: 20 Dec 2019
GV HEALTH WISHES THE COMMUNITY A SAFE AND HAPPY FESTIVE SEASON
On behalf of the Goulburn Valley Health Board, staff and volunteers, I would like to wish everyone in the region a happy and safe festive season with family, friends and loved ones.
It has been a very busy and exciting 12 months at GV Health with the opening of our new Dialysis Unit and ongoing redevelopment works, which will allow GV Health to deliver expanded and world-class health services in the Goulburn Valley region.
We recently held the official opening of our new redeveloped healthcare facility in Rushworth, Waranga Health, giving the Rushworth and surrounding communities an integrated facility offering a range of acute health, aged care and community health services in the centre of Rushworth.
We look forward to opening our newly extended Emergency Department in February, as work continues on our five-storey Inpatient Unit, which is due for completion in the middle of next year.
Once our new Emergency Department is open, we will be refurbishing the current ED which, when open, will allow us to double our capacity of 18 treatment bays to 36.
This will take about 12 months to complete.
GV Health is committed to continually improving community wellbeing through high-quality health services, outstanding care and learning, with our key focus for 2020 driven by our five-year Strategic Plan 2019-23 that places the people and their families who GV Health provide services for at the centre of everything we do.
Our values — compassion, respect, excellence, accountability, teamwork and ethical behaviour —are our commitment to our community to ensure ongoing quality healthcare to all in the Goulburn Valley.
Matt Sharp, GV Health Chief Executive
Community contributes to Christmas spirit
Cancer patients have had their spirits brightened with colourful Christmas decorations at the Peter Copulos Cancer & Wellness Centre.
GV Health bowel cancer specialist nurse Katie Emanuelli said she and GV Health breast care nurse Melissa Gilmour co-ordinated the display, for which they received assistance from the community.
They said they connected with schools such as St Mary’s Primary in Mooroopna, Balaclava Rd Child Care Centre, Guthrie St Primary School and the Mooroopna Girl Guides with students creating decorative pieces for the centre.
“The patients made some too through their creative group,” Ms Emanuelli said.
“We’re doing it for the patients to bring some joy to them when they come in.”
Ms Emanuelli and Ms Gilmour thanked the community members who had assisted with the decorations and said anyone who wished to take part next year would be more than welcome.
“If any schools or groups would like to participate, they can get in touch with Oncology next year,” Ms Emanuelli said.
Other GV Health departments also sparkled ahead of Christmas this year with the health service’s annual decoration competition also taking place.
Contractors dig deep this Christmas
Every week the Lendlease contractors get together for two minutes with Tommy.
Tom Wilson, the gateman to GV Health’s huge redevelopment, spreads safety messages among the construction workers.
But this month Mr Wilson had something a little different to say.
“Tommy’s got a good social heart,” Lendlease site manager Robert McGregor said.
“He asked the boys to dip into their pockets and donate whatever they could to the kids’ ward.”
An incredible $2100.40 was collected and the Lendlease workers presented Child and Adolescent Unit associate nurse unit manager Trish Evans with the funds recently.
She said the money would be put toward making Christmas special for families who had to spend time in the ward during the festive season.
The funds were used to purchase a range of gifts for families using the health service.
Ms Evans thanked the Lendlease contractors for their generosity.