People with a long-standing commitment to health care in the Pilbara have been acknowledged with dedication plaques bearing their names being hung in ward areas at the new Hedland Health Campus.
Health Minister Kim Hames today presented plaques to doctors, nurses, health professionals, volunteers and family members of some of the region’s pioneers of health care who were being honoured.
The presentations marked official opening celebrations at the state-of-the-art, $138million health campus, the newest regional hospital in Australia.
Dr Hames congratulated the plaque recipients and said the new Hedland Health Campus was a significant milestone for delivering better quality health care to regional West Australians.
“Hedland Health Campus brings together the majority of South Hedland and Port Hedland’s health related services to become a health care hub for the Pilbara region,” he said.
“In addition to the 24-hour emergency department and in-patient beds, the campus includes dedicated obstetrics and paediatrics wards, day surgery, renal dialysis, medical imaging (X-ray) and a comprehensive range of specialist services such as urology, speech pathology and home nursing.
“The new campus opened its doors in November 2010 and has already become an indispensable community facility. It is fitting that locals with a strong commitment to health care in the region are acknowledged.”
The Minister said Hedland Health Campus was the first of four major hospital redevelopments being undertaken in one of the biggest country public hospital building programs in the world.
“The concept of regional health care hubs will also be rolled out in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Albany and Busselton by 2014,” he said.
The dedication plaques have been awarded to the following people:
Outpatients: Carol Simpkins
Population Health: Sally Connelly
Dialysis: Delia Perrett
Emergency: Dr Malcolm McCallum
General: Dr Allan Vickers and Rev. John Flynn
Maternity: Sister Gwen Pearson Ellery
Children’s: Sister Linda Rutherford
Theatre: Dr Philip House
Hostel: Dr Pascall Burton
Staff Dining Room: Maggie Galvin RN
Port Hedland Kiosk: Fran Carter
Volunteers: CWA and Port Hedland Auxiliary Shop.
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