Staff the key at health service

KERANG District Health's redevelopment has resulted in the provision of state-of-the-art facilities, but it is the staff who are the key to excellent care.

"Our people are the most important part of the health service," board president, Kyra Laughlin told the annual meeting.

"Our people are serving our hospital, serving our community with fine service and excellent care."

Mrs Laughlin said that the work of the staff was reflected in full accreditation status being achieved by the health service's acute medical and surgical section, the Glenarm residential aged care home and the Kerang Medical Clinic.

She also paid tribute to the executive management, staff and board members for their contribution during the five-year $36.25 million capital redevelopment.

Mrs Laughlin said that it was increasingly important for smaller health services to enter into partnerships to strength the capability for providing excellent care.

She said that Kerang District Health was a partner in the Loddon and Gannawarra Health Services Executive Network, involving health services from both shires, which has been extended to include health services in the Shire of Buloke.

Funding has been provided for two programs – Health Hearts and Healthy Lungs and Mental Health.

Consumers are now represented on the board of management and a number of health service committees.

Mrs Laughlin also acknowledged a number of volunteer groups, including the auxiliary, which provided $75,000 from sales at the Rita Hall Opportunity Shop, the Glenarm Family and Friends group and supporters at the W.D. Thomas Day Activity Centre and the Kerang Men's Shed.

Kerang District Health has an operating budget of just over $13 million.

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT. Kerang District Health board president, Kyra Laughlin, left, guest speaker Cynthia Opie and chief executive officer, Robert Jarman.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT. Kerang District Health board president, Kyra Laughlin, left, guest speaker Cynthia Opie and chief executive officer, Robert Jarman.

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