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Local public hospital advocate and lifetime Werribee resident, Jan Goates recently retired as Director and Board Member of the Werribee Hospital Foundation after 25 years. In a recent interview Jan reflected on the Foundation’s growth and contribution to public hospital services in Wyndham.

“When the Foundation was established in 1993 we wanted to make a difference locally and make sure Wyndham families would benefit from our local public hospital well into the future….Now 25 years later it’s exciting to see how the Werribee Mercy Hospital has grown and developed to meet the needs of our community.”

When asked about the Foundation’s achievements over the past 25 years Jan said the Werribee Hospital Foundation had already given well over $1million to capital works projects, new equipment, scholarship funding for hospital staff and has recently pledged to help raise another $2million, in partnership with Mercy Health, for the Critical Care Unit currently under construction.

“The community cares greatly about their public hospital. We don’t want to have to drive miles away to access care for loved ones. This has been evidenced by the community’s support for the current Critical Care Unit Appeal that has seen over $800,000 in donations pledged so far.

Last month local restaurant Master Wok donated $10,000 toward the appeal. Owner and Manager, Patrick Chui said “The community has supported our business for 35 years and we are happy to support the hospital and give something back to the community.”

At a recent dinner celebrating Jan’s extensive contribution to the Werribee Hospital Foundation, Nik Tsardakis, current Chairman and founding director, said “Jan’s long and outstanding commitment to the work of the Foundation will be greatly missed. Jan has been a strong advocate for local public hospital care and her efforts have made a tremendous difference to our community.”

The Werribee Hospital Foundations welcomes support for the Critical Care Appeal.

Become a fundraiser today and raise money for the CCU or show your support by making a donation at wmhCCUAppeal.org.au

Master Wok serves up a major gift

Master Wok serves up a major gift for the local public hospital

For 35 years Werribee’s own Master Wok has been serving up the very best Chinese cuisine to diners near and far. One of the first Chinese restaurants to establish itself in Synnot street, Master Wok has become an institution in Werribee, attracting diners from all over Melbourne, including some very notable guests such as John Farnham.

However on this occasion it’s not the delicious menu options that have attracted the praise of local diners.

Ringo Wong, local identity and co-owner of Master Wok, has been a long-term supporter of the local Werribee Mercy Hospital. Master Wok was one of many local businesses to provide donations when the new Werribee Mercy Hospital was built back in 1994.

More than three decades on and with the hospital undertaking an $85million expansion project that will see the addition of an 8 bed Critical Care Unit – 56 new inpatient beds & 6 operating theatres, the team at Master Wok have again presented a very large donation to help provide life saving equipment for the Critical Care Unit.

Werribee resident and regular diner, Dr Callum Scott (also a Director of Werribee Hospital Foundation), recently presented a certificate of recognition during the 35-year banquet celebration among 150 local patrons.

Mr Wong said ‘“Locals have supported our business since we commenced 35 years ago and we want to give back and support the community. The local public hospital is very important to the people of Wyndham and many families will benefit from the expansion.”

The Werribee Hospital Foundation in conjunction with Mercy Health Foundation is raising money to fund vital equipment for the new Critical Care Unit. The Werribee Hospital Foundation recently pledged $400,000 toward the Critical Care Unit Appeal and continues to raise funds specifically for the local public hospital.

Supporters can contribute to the ongoing Critical Care Unit Appeal by going to www.wmhccuappeal.org.au and making an online donation.

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