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QEII Jubilee Hospital’s 35th anniversary was celebrated in style in September with the attendance of current and long-serving staff, as well as the support of Metro South Health Board members for the festivities.
Facility Manager, Mike Kerin, played proud host for the celebrations which featured awards, retrospectives from past and present staff and a BBQ for the staff.
“The hospital has played a significant role in the lives of long serving staff as well as new trainees and we are a prominent and respected feature of the local community,” he said.
“In the early days of the Metro South Health Network, there was a time of transition to establish QEII’s specialty areas, but substantial investment in a state-of-the-art Emergency department and world-class Endoscopy Unit in recent years means the future is bright, both as a hospital for locals and one that will treat patients from across the state.
“We have also seen the maturity of our great Urology and Orthopaedic surgery units who play an integral role in managing the demand for these types of services throughout the Metro South Health network,” he said.
Metro South Chief Executive, Dr Richard Ashby, who worked at QEII from 1981 - 1989, was pleased to have been part of the pioneering efforts in QEII’s early days, coming on board shortly after the official opening of the facility in 1980.
Special invitees and presenters included Board Chairman Terry White and other Board members, Dr Gabriel Mar Fan who presented a historical overview of 35 years of dedication to helping patients on the south side and some of the original employees, including special guests Ms Joy Murkett (1980 Director of Nursing) and Dr John Dodsworth (Orthopaedic Surgeon).
It was wonderful also to see the acknowledgement of past and present volunteers who have devoted themselves to fundraising for equipment and gardens since the foundation of the hospital.