Paul a passionate, young leader
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.