Paul a pas­sion­ate, young leader

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Wim­mera Health Care Group reg­is­tered nurse Paul Mark has won recog­ni­tion for his lead­er­ship af­ter help­ing a pal­lia­tive care pa­tient spend her fi­nal days with her hus­band by her side.

Mr Mark, who works at Wim­mera Nurs­ing Home, won an Aged Care Lead­er­ship Award dur­ing Cel­e­brat­ing Aged Care Week.

Mr Mark took mat­ters into his own hands to help a res­i­dent whose hus­band was re­cov­er­ing from ma­jor surgery in Mel­bourne and had not seen his wife for months.

By li­ais­ing with staff at The Al­fred hos­pi­tal, Mr Mark ar­ranged for the pa­tient to be trans­ported to Hor­sham and ad­mit­ted to Wim­mera Health Care Group.

He also re­ar­ranged fur­ni­ture to make a dou­ble room so the cou­ple could spend the wife’s last days to­gether.

“It was a priv­i­lege to be able to help this fam­ily,” Mr Mark said.

“If it was my wife, I would want to be by her side in her fi­nal days.”

Wim­mera Health Care Group clin­i­cal ser­vices di­rec­tor Don Mcrae said the award was a pres­ti­gious one for Mr Mark and the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“There were more than 50 nom­i­nees for this award, which was short-listed to three,” he said.

“Of those three nom­i­nees, the other two were recog­nised se­nior man­agers.

“For Paul to get an award like this so early in his ca­reer is an out­stand­ing achieve­ment.

“His pas­sion and com­mit­ment for his work is ob­vi­ous and com­pletely aligns with our or­gan­i­sa­tion’s strate­gic goals and trade­mark be­hav­iours.

“For Paul to get an award like this so early in his ca­reer is an out­stand­ing achieve­ment” – Don Mcrae

“We’re ex­cited for Paul and proud to have young emerg­ing lead­ers like him at Wim­mera Health Care Group.”

In his ac­cep­tance speech, Mr Mark said if health-care staff ad­vo­cated for peo­ple they could make things hap­pen.

“It’s a shame the award could only go to one per­son,” he said.

“All the staff in­volved were ac­cept­ing and ev­ery­one felt re­ally good that we could make this hap­pen.”

The cou­ple’s daugh­ter Jodie Rae said her fam­ily was ex­tremely ap­pre­cia­tive they could all be to­gether dur­ing the deeply sad time.

“With dad be­ing ill in Mel­bourne for months prior to mum be­ing ter­mi­nal, it was very spe­cial to have all of the fam­ily to­gether,” she said.

“The staff were fan­tas­tic and Paul in par­tic­u­lar is a gen­uinely car­ing per­son.

“We couldn’t have asked for any­one bet­ter.”

INI­TIA­TIVE: Wim­mera Health Care Group’s Paul Mark has won an Aged Care Lead­er­ship Award.

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