Hospital farewells nursing boss
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.
CLOSE BONDS: June Lithgow with colleagues Dolly Thompson and Christine Todd.