Local public hospital advocate and lifetime Werribee resident, Jan Goates recently retired as Director 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.
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