KERANG District Health has bestowed the rare honour of Life Governorship on four former board members for long and exemplary service.
The recipients had provided a cumulative period of service spanning over 75 years of experience.
Health service chief executive officer, Robert Jarman told the annual general meeting gathering that all four had left a lasting legacy through their service to Kerang District Health.
Simon Hall served as a board member for almost 24 years, Laurie Gray for 20 years, Lorraine Morris for 19 years and Ken Jenkins for 16 years.
"I am sure you will agree with me in that Simon, Lorraine, Laurie and Ken can walk through the doors of Kerang District Health with justifiable pride knowing that they have made a valuable and loyal contribution to the wonderful facilities we now enjoy", he said.
The Life Governor certificates were presented by the current board president, Kyra Laughlin.
SIMON HALL was a KDH board member from November 1, 1993 to June 30, 2017 – 23 and a half years.
During that time, he served as board president in 1996-1998, 2003-2005 and 2015-2017.
In addition he has served as vice president, treasurer, chairman of the quality and risk committee and also chairman of the Project Control Group during the $36.3-million capital redevelopment, which met 88 times on a monthly basis.
"Simon was an unwavering advocate for getting the best out of the architects, the department and the contractors," Mr Jarman said.
"Prior to this, like other longer serving board members, Simon was actively lobbying politicians and bureaucrats to have the KDH capital master plan completed so that capital funding could be considered by Government.
"The longevity of Simon's service has not diminished his passion for KDH."
LAURIE GRAY was a KDH board member from November 1,1996 to June 30, 2015 – 18 and a half years.
During his term on the board Mr Gray was board president in 2003 and 2004.
He was also a member of the Project Control Group which monitored the $36.3-million capital redevelopment.
LORRAINE MORRIS was a KDH board member from November 1, 1998 to June 30, 2017 – 18 and a half years.
Mr Jarman said that, as the health service's longest serving female board member and a farmer, she had given a broader perspective to many debates and has made a diligent contribution throughout her tenure.
She played a key role in the development of consumer groups at KDH and has continued that involvement since retiring from the board and she also serves as a volunteer at the Rita Hall Opportunity Shop.
KEN JENKINS was a KDH board member from November 1, 2002 to June 30, 2018. – 15 and a half years.
He served as vice-president in 2004-2005 and 2012-2014 and board president in 2006-2007 and 2014-2015.
Mr Jenkins also represented the health service on a State-wide Department of Human Services benchmarking committee and was also a member of the Project Control Group which monitored the $36.3-million capital redevelopment. He also chaired the board's Kerang Medical Clinic committee and represented the health service at a number of State conferences.
Mr Jarman said that he was also well known in his role as an ambulance community officer with Ambulance Victoria at Kerang since 1988.