Colleen’s compassion recognised
COLLEEN McLevie is more than a chaplain to her fellow staff at Kalamunda Hospital.
She was recently honoured with the compassionate care award at the Health Consumer Excellence Awards.
“She is a counsellor, confidant, friend, daughter, mother and sister, helping those who are confronted with life, death and dying to come to terms with their situation. Her role in bringing families together during such a distressing time is invaluable,” her colleagues said.
Colleen said she was “intrinsically interested in humanity”.
“I am interested in the patient’s story, in learning about their lives, and in that moment as their life is narrowing down providing companionship and trust so that they can tell their story to someone.
“It doesn’t matter what their story is, it is very precious. It’s not a job for me. It’s something that I am passionate about.”
She said she could never work in isolation from col- leagues and relied on them.
“We all work together for a beautiful outcome for the patients. From the gardener, to the kitchen, everybody at the hospital cares,” she said.
Colleen has held the role for 11 years.
■ Kalamunda Hospital provides an inpatient palliative care service and on Wednesday marked National Palliative Care Week with an afternoon tea, bagpipes and the release of butterflies to represent the lives the hospital cares for.
Colleen McLevie between Kalamunda Hospital nursing assistant co- ordinator Jo Harris and Armadale Hospital speech pathology co- ordinator Danielle Kilmurray.