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The legacy of Genni Lynch

12 November 2021

PA Hospital winning a national award for hip fracture care is the true realisation of the legacy of nurse Genni Lynch.

Many knew and experienced Genni's selfless devotion to patient centred care through research, data sharing for the benefit of medical student development, and coordinating the Orthopaedics research meeting (even when she wasn't on shift).

Other team members would associate her with a relentless pursuit of quality improvement; applying her passion for hip fracture management by giving her time and expertise to ensure changes for the benefit of patients. 

But it would be Genni's suggestion for PAH to embrace the opportunity to be part of a national hip fracture registry (ANZHFR) in 2011 that would lead PAH down a path of excellence in the delivery of superior hip fracture care - and now, an inaugural award that is the envy of the Australian and NZ Orthopaedic community.
 
Osteoporosis Nurse Practitioner, Kate Bell said Genni was instrumental in putting PAH on the map to be part of the Australian view of hip fracture management. 

"Every time there was an opportunity to showcase our care, she was on the cutting edge of that knowledge," Kate said. "She was very passionate about hip fracture management and was the sort of person to engage and influence about opportunities to be part of something bigger than us."
 
Kate said Genni was the one committed to the NOF database and would often be doing this after-hours when she knew she could get the patients on the phone. 

"She was always looking into new models of care and opportunities to expand how we deliver care. Of course, this included showcasing where we were doing well and celebrating the commitment of the team who were putting in the extra effort."

2021 would be the year that the hard work of PAH’s multidisciplinary team across orthopaedics, theatres, geriatrics, diabetes and rehabilitation was finally recognised. 

But 2021 was also the year PAH lost a mentor, a sounding board for clinical ideas and professional direction, and a wonderful person. She is missed by medical researchers, nurse colleagues, and the hole created by the absence of her humble and respectful support, delivered in a personable and giving way is felt by many across the hospital.

PAH's award-winning hip fracture management is the legacy of a significant step made by Genni Lynch; the nurse who pushed for our patient care data to add up to something bigger than us.

Last updated 12 November 2021
Last reviewed 12 November 2021

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