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 2018 we are honouring three members of the Hospital Auxiliary as well as a Board member who has competed nine years tenure at 30th June.
NOLA MILLS – Hospital Auxiliary
Nola has been a member of the Hospital Auxiliary since 1998.
She moved to the district with her husband Steven in 1970 to start teaching at Foster Primary School. Their daughters were born and educated locally so Nola was quickly drawn into community life, taking on a role as Guide leader. On her retirement from teaching in 1998 she sought to expand her volunteer activities so became involved in the library Committee, was a volunteer driver for the Red Cross Community Car as well as setting up an OXFAM group which raised $18,500 over the five years of its existence. She also joined the Hospital Auxiliary and was soon persuaded to take on the role of Catering Secretary, a role that rapidly expanded when the Uniting Church catering group handed over the role to the Auxiliary. Over the years Nola has cooked and baked literally hundreds of items and is well known for her slices. She is amply rewarded for her efforts through the fellowship of working together with other Auxiliary members and the satisfaction of raising money so that our hospital may offer services and facilities that sets it apart from others in Victoria.
PRUE FLEMING – Hospital Auxiliary
Prue has been a member of the Auxiliary since 2012 but she’s had a much longer association with this health service.
Steeped in the culture from an early age when Hospital Auxiliary meetings were held in the family home, supporting the hospital Auxiliary is in Prue Fleming’s blood. Returning to the district in 2012 Prue once again slotted right back in as an integral part of the Auxiliary family. Not content with ‘merely’ contributing by cooking, helping at catering functions and selling raffle tickets, Prue has consistently sought innovative ways to raise funds for the Auxiliary, including a ‘monster’ garage sale when her parent’s’ home was old. Prue initiated, and has organised and run, the very successful 50 cent challenge that forms part of the bi-annual Prom Coast festival. This challenge has raised thousands of dollars for the hospital. Prue has also opened her home to host musical soirees as a fund raising exercise for the Auxiliary.
During our presentation to Prue she told us that her mother had been made a Life Governor of SGH in 1968.
PAM DESSENT – Hospital Auxiliary
Pam has been a member of the Auxiliary since 2010 and Secretary of the Auxiliary from 2011 – 2018.
Pam’s contribution to this community includes many years of involvement in kindergarten, school, football, netball and Little Aths as well as Scouts and Guides. Once the children had all left home Pam sought new ways to put back into the community. She joined the Hospital Auxiliary in 2010 and in the following year was elected as Secretary, a role she diligently, reliably and cheerfully filled for the next seven years. In addition to her secretarial duties she increasingly took on more responsibilities in the catering arm of the Auxiliary, serving as the main point of contact for catering enquiries since 2017 as well as always being available to make sandwiches and bake – she is well known for her sponge cakes! Pam is very proud to be part of the success achieved through the joint efforts of the Hospital Auxiliary members working together and particularly values the camaraderie and friendships that have been forged over the years.
Dr MATTHEW MARRIOTT – South Gippsland Hospital Board member
Matt joined the Board in 2009 and served on numerous Board committees in that time, either as a member or as Committee Chair:
- Member, Audit and Risk Management Committee 2011-2018
- Chair, Audit and Risk Management Committee 2013 – 2014
- Member, Clinical Governance and Quality Committee 2010 – 2018
- Member, Finance Committee 2010 – 2018,
- Chair, Finance Committee and Treasurer 2014 – 2016
- Member, Remuneration Committee 2017-2018
- Member, Board Appointments Committee 2017-2018
- Deputy Board Char 2017
Matt completed what is now the maximum term of nine years of service to the SGH Board at 30th June this year. During that time he not only gave his time and expertise, he happily shared his knowledge, supported newcomers and was always willing to do more whenever it was needed. On behalf of the Board and the Hospital, we thank Matt for giving us so much over nine years and for the contribution he has made to this health service and its Board.
We thank all of our recipients, 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. We really are fortunate to have a community so willing to support our health service.
We congratulate all of this year’s recipients of the Honorary Life Governor Award.
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.