HOHSOPSITPAITLA NL ENWESWS
590 Years of Service
at Westmead Private
Westmead Private Hospital has celebrated
significant years of service milestones for 44 people,
who have achieved a combined 590 years of service!
The hospital’s annual Service Award Presentation
acknowledged staff service ranging from 10, 15, 20, 25
and 30 years.
CEO Mike Flatley said: “We thank our loyal and hardworking
team and congratulate them on this significant achievement.”
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Simon Kitto, Pentax Medical, Tracy Kerker, nurse unit manager, Emma Whitlock, Currumbin Wildlife Hospital.
Peel graduates nurses
lead the way
Nine nurses have graduated from their respective
graduate programs at Peel Health Campus (PHC)
and are set to remain on at the hospital.
PHC Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Tome, said the seven
nurses, who have graduated during the ‘International Year
of the Nurse and Midwife’, have all demonstrated excellent
patient-centered care as part of their GradPlus Program,
which provides university-graduated nurses with a structured
“It’s a program that combines theoretical and practical
experience and prepares our nurses for their future roles
leading health care by providing them with support from senior
hospital leaders and staff,” Mr Tome said.
“Not only have the graduates embraced nursing life but
importantly, they have also contributed towards making our
hospitals safer and improving patient care by embarking on
individual quality improvement activities.”
The Graduate Nurses have actively evaluated and sort current
best practices and provided recommendations of doing things
better in order to deliver high quality outcomes for our patients.
PHC is a major employer in the region, providing 881 jobs
to the region including everything from doctors and nurses to
administration, allied health, cleaning, maintenance
help sick wildlife
Pindara Private Hospital has donated a disused
bronchoscope to the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital
to help staff care for sick and injured animals.
Nurse unit manager, Tracy Kerker, noticed the wildlife
hospital’s donation wish list included a STORZ bronchoscope
and knew the hospital could help provide a solution.
“I knew we had a similar bronchoscope in the storeroom
which wasn’t being used and thought they could use it,”
Mrs Kerker said.
To ensure the disused scope was in working order, a
representative from Pentax Medical, Simon Kitto, donated his
time to service the scope and help install it upon delivery at
Currumbin Wildlife Hospital.
In human patients, a bronchoscope is used to check airways
and the stomach; it will be used to do the same when treating
animals at the wildlife hospital.
“Quite a lot of Currumbin Wildlife Hospital’s equipment is
really dated, so they were really grateful for the scope and
said the vets would be very excited,” Mrs Kerker said.
Around 50 animals are seen at the hospital each day and
many are sent to carers for rehabilitation after treatment to
make room for more patients.
The site relies heavily on donations to treat injured wildlife;
it accepts items including old x-ray machines, monitors,
anaesthetic machines and expired and disused consumables.
“There are plenty of opportunities to help them out. We have
also been collecting disused sterile items that we can’t use to
give to the wildlife hospital,” Mrs Kerker said.
(Back L–R) PHC CEO Andrew Tome with nurse graduates Danielle Rozema, Sarah O’Reilly, Michelle Clarke, Bancy Smits
(Front L–R) Sarah Howat, Summer Tan, Elizabeth Marshall.