Honorary Life Governors

Honorary Life Governors have been appointed at South Gippsland Hospital from the time the hospital was established until 2007. The award acknowledges a significant contribution by an individual to the hospital – this can be through service and commitment or through financial support.

The Board re-established this award in 2017 to recognise the contribution of individuals in this community to our hospital. As there has been a gap of ten years since the last award we have a recognised a number of recipients this year. In future years there will be one or two recipients each year.

In November 2017 we honoured three members of the Hospital Auxiliary as well as a number of previous Board members and an independent member of one of our Board Committees.  Board Chair Sue Pilkington presented each recipient of the Honorary Life Governor Award with an engraved glass award to commemorate their service and contribution to South Gippsland Hospital.

VAL HUTCHESON – Hospital Auxiliary

Val came to Foster 19 years ago and joined the Auxiliary in 1999. She held the role of Auxiliary Treasurer for 8 years and was also the Vice President for a number of years and made many friends in the Auxiliary.

KAREN RATHJEN – Hospital Auxiliary

Karen joined the Auxiliary about 15 years ago and undertook the demanding role of Catering Manager for six years. She enjoys the friendships made through the group and the satisfaction of working with a ‘giving’ organisation. She volunteered at the primary school in cooking and craft and also works for the Foster Football Club.  Karen is well-known in Foster for the help she has provided to many people in need.

JEANETTE ALLAN – Hospital Auxiliary

Jeanette came to Foster in 1960 and joined the Auxiliary about 25 years ago. She has held the position of President of the Auxiliary for three term and has also held the roles of Vice President and Secretary.  She volunteers with cooking and craft at the primary school and worked tirelessly to assist with the annual Foster Show for many years. Members of the community may also remember Jeanette’s involvement with the Red Cross Blood Bank when the bank’s monthly visits were made to Foster. Jeanette enjoys the friendships she has made through the Auxiliary and the challenge to assist the hospital to purchase the most up to date equipment and maintain the best possible level of care for the community.

South Gippsland Hospital Board members

CLIVE WHITE 31 years’ service from 1986 to 2017.

Clive has been a member of the following committees: Finance, Audit and Risk Management, Planning, Quality, Remuneration and has held the positions of Board Chair, Treasurer, Chair of Finance Committee, Chair of Planning Committee.  Clive has provided numerous Board members with wise counsel over many years, in particular in relation to industrial relations, legal aspects of development of a Foster Health Precinct and Directors’ duties and responsibilities.

BRUCE LESTER 18 years’ service in total from 1996 to 2006 and again from 2009 to 2017.

Bruce has been a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Management and Planning Committees and held the positions of Board Chair, Treasurer, Chair of Finance Committee, Chair of Audit and Risk Management Committee. Highlight: Establishment of the South Gippsland Hospital Community Foundation

LEE-ANNE VAN DYKE 14 years’ service from 1999 to 2013.

Lee-Anne has been a member of the Finance, Planning, House and Works, Quality and Remuneration Committees and held the positions of Senior Vice President and Board Chair.

MOHYA DAVIES 30 years’ service from 1986 to 2016.

Mohya has been a member of the Medical Appointments Advisory, House and Works, Planning, Audit and Risk Management Committees and held the positions of Board Chair, Senior Vice President, and Chair of the Planning Committee.

MEG KNIGHT   11 years’ service from 2004 to 2015.

Meg has been a member of the Planning, House and Works, Finance, Audit and Risk Management, Quality and Medical Appointments Advisory Committees and held the positions of Vice President, Assistant Treasurer, Board Chair and Chair of the Planning Committee.

BILL FULLER   14 years’ service from 2000 to 2014.

Bill has been a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Management, Medical Appointments Advisory and Remuneration Committees and held the positions of Board Chair, Treasurer and Chair of the Audit Committee.

ROD LOMAX 11 years’ service as an independent member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee from 2006 to present. We value and appreciate Rod’s continued participation in our Audit and Risk Management Committee and his involvement in governance at South Gippsland Hospital.

NEIL ROUSSAC: 11 years’ service from 2006 to 2017 and our immediate past Board Chair.

Neil has been a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Management and Quality committees and held the positions of Treasurer, Chair Audit Committee and was Board Chair for four years from 2013 to 2017.

Many past members of the Board, including those we have honoured today, have contributed towards major infrastructure changes and initiatives at our health service. These include:

  • Development of the Community Health Centre and its later extension;
  • The addition of the radiology facility and installation of CT scanner;
  • Redevelopment of nurses’ station and Urgent Care Clinic
  • The installation of solar panels
  • Establishment of the South Gippsland Hospital Community Foundation
  • Active engagement in Gippsland South Coast Service Planning
  • Development of Foster Health Precinct
  • Support for and development of the Youth Assist Clinic

We acknowledge and congratulate all of the recipients of the Honorary Life Governor Award. We thank them not only for their substantial individual contributions of time and expertise to our hospital but also for their role in developing the health service that we see today.

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