Werribee Hospital Foundation Chairman Nik Tsardakis recently announced the foundation, which has been supporting the Werribee Mercy Hospital for almost 25 years, will be providing $400,000 toward the new Critical Care Unit to be opened in 2018.
Mr Tsardakis said “our community wants access to the very best public hospital care locally and that is reflected in the support and donations we have received over the years.”
“The hospital’s expansion of 56 additional beds, six operating theatres and eight critical care beds is an exciting development in our community. This will be the first time a critical care unit will be available in Wyndham and it will allow families to be closer to their loved ones if they require intensive medical care.”
The Werribee Hospital Foundation is raising funds from the Wyndham community to help fit-out the Critical Care Unit with the very best medical equipment and patient services.
Donations helping to raise money for local hospital projects can be made at wmhccuappeal.org.au
Werribee Mercy Hospital is getting its very own critical care unit – and it needs your help. The Mercy Health Foundation in conjunction with the Werribee Hospital Foundation has appointed an appeals committee to help raise $2 million in the next 18 months to fit out the unit with radiology and monitoring equipment, ventilators, defibrillators and furniture.
The unit will include eight critical care beds and is part of an $85 million expansion of the hospital due to be complete in mid-2018.
Through its partnership with Mercy Health and Werribee Hospital Foundation, Star Weekly will provide regular updates on the success of the appeal. Peter Mayall, chairman of the fundraising committee, said $600,000 had already been raised through fundraisers held by a number of community groups, including the Wyndham Business and Tourism Association and the Wyndham Rotary fun run. “My father and grandfather were on the Werribee Hospital board and I’m proud to honour a family tradition and join the fundraising committee,” he said.
Mercy Health group chief executive officer Stephen Cornelissen said he wanted the Werribee critical care unit to be a place where patients and their families felt comfortable. “Werribee’s been waiting for 30 years for its own critical care unit,” he said. “People are driving 35 kilometres to reach such services … having something local, we want it to be special. “It is the community’s own hospital, and I think having an opportunity to put something in to make it more than just a hospital for those people is something that we would encourage everyone in the community to get behind.”
Editorial by Charlene Macaulay – Wyndham Star Weekly 28.02.2017
The Victorian Government is providing $85 million to extend Werribee Mercy Hospital, giving families in Wyndham access to more beds and extended surgical services. In addition, the funds allow for the establishment of critical care services. The project, known as Stage 1C expansion, will commence in early 2017 and include:
- 56 new inpatient beds
- 6additional operating theatres
- a central sterile supply department
- an 8 bed critical care unit (CCU)
Werribee Hospital Foundation, in support of Mercy Health, has committed to government that we would lead a community appeal to raise an additional $2 million to enhance furnishings and equipment for the CCU and fund the Wellness Garden as a significant part of the overall Stage 1C expansion.
All money raised through this appeal will be used solely to benefit patients at Werribee Mercy Hospital. Donations to the appeal are tax deductible and can be made in a number of ways.
- A on off donation
- A regular donation made periodically over a number of years
- A bequest
Or you may like to fundraise and encourage your friends and family to support you.
The Critical Care Unit appeal is jointly supported and operated by the Werribee Hospital Foundation and the Mercy Health Foundation.