Hospi­tal farewells nurs­ing boss

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Noel Thomp­son noel.thomp­son@cnbtimes.com.au

TO­DAY June Lith­gow is leav­ing Eidsvold Hospi­tal and she does so with a heavy heart.

She has been Act­ing Di­rec­tor of Nurs­ing for the past 21 months and in that time she has gained the re­spect and ad­mi­ra­tion from her staff and peers.

Eidsvold Hospi­tal Aux­il­iary pres­i­dent Dot Hamil­ton paid trib­ute to Mrs Lith­gow for her will­ing­ness to help the aux­il­iary.

“June has en­deared her­self to all people in the

Dot Hamil­ton June has en­deared her­self to all people in the com­mu­nity, young and el­derly.

com­mu­nity, young and el­derly,” Mrs Hamil­ton said. “She has pro­vided a very safe, high-qual­ity ser­vice which has re­sulted in bet­ter out­comes for all people in the Eidsvold district,” she said.

“June had a very calm­ing in­flu­ence on the staff and she has shown de­ter­mi­na­tion in im­prov­ing health ser­vices in many ar­eas.”

Her ap­point­ment to the po­si­tion in Oc­to­ber 2012 was a re­lief to the town, be­cause the hospi­tal had strug­gled to fill the role, putting the fa­cil­ity on a path to pos­si­ble clo­sure.

Af­ter a pub­lic meet­ing in Eidsvold in Jan­uary 2012 and fur­ther meet­ings with the Health Min­is­ter Lawrence Spring­borg, it was an­nounced the re­cruit­ment of a per­ma­nent DON was a top pri­or­ity.

Mrs Lith­gow said she was dis­ap­pointed not to be ap­pointed to the per­ma­nent DON po­si­tion in Eidsvold she dearly wanted, but said she was leav­ing hav­ing met some “won­der­ful people and made some life­long friends”.

“Doreen Twin and my staff at the hospi­tal would be sec­ond to none when it comes to be­ing hard­work­ing, co-op­er­a­tive and or­gan­ised,” she said.

“The Eidsvold com­mu­nity has been so wel­com­ing and un­der­stand­ing at all times,” she said.

Mrs Lith­gow will re­turn to Bund­aberg to take the po­si­tion as Reg­is­tered Nurse at the base hospi­tal on July 14.

Eidsvold wel­comes Nicki Ma­her RN who will be­gin as Eidsvold’s Di­rec­tor of Nurs­ing to­day.

PHOTO: NOEL THOMP­SON

CLOSE BONDS: June Lith­gow with col­leagues Dolly Thomp­son and Chris­tine Todd.

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