New wing reaches stage two

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By JU­DITH CHAL­LIS

The Pohlen Foun­da­tion Trust is work­ing on the sec­ond of four stages in what can only be re­ferred to as its most am­bi­tious project to date; that of fundrais­ing for a new wing for Pohlen Hospi­tal.

The new wing will con­sist of six rooms with en­suites.

Upon com­ple­tion Pohlen Hospi­tal will have a to­tal of 39 beds.

The four stages com­bined are re­ferred to as the New Wing Project. The New Wing project in­cludes: In­fra­struc­ture up­grades re­quired prior to the ac­tual con­struc­tion of a new wing. This in­cludes up­grad­ing both the hot water sys­tem and elec­tri­cal util­ity. This work has been com­pleted.

Mod­i­fi­ca­tions, up­grade and re­fur­bish­ment of the ma­ter­nity fa­cil­ity. This is sched­uled for win­ter 2012.

The ex­pan­sion and re­fur­bish­ment of the ex­ist­ing hospi­tal pa­tients’ lounge, the hospi­tal kitchen and staff room.

The ad­di­tion of the new wing and as­so­ci­ated equip­ment, fur­nish­ings, and dec­o­rat­ing costs.

Why does the

hospi­tal need a new wing? It sim­ply does not have enough beds es­pe­cially when meet­ing the de­mands of an age­ing com­mu­nity, although the new wing will be deemed a gen­eral ward.

There­fore the foun­da­tion’s pri­or­ity dur­ing 2012 will be fundrais­ing for the ma­ter­nity fa­cil­ity fit- out costs and, to­wards the end of the year, be­gin work­ing on funds for stage three; the en­larg­ing and re­fur­bish­ment of the pa­tients’ lounge.

The ma­ter­nity con­tract the hospi­tal has with Waikato Dis­trict Health Board and the sub­se­quent ser­vice pro­vided to the com­mu­nity is a core in­come stream for Pohlen Hospi­tal. It is in stake­hold­ers’ in­ter­ests that the fa­cil­ity and ser­vice pro­vided are of the high­est qual­ity pos­si­ble.

The ma­ter­nity fa­cil­ity was built in 1990 and ex­tended and re­fur­bished in 1998.

The ob­jec­tives mod­i­fi­ca­tions are:

to have a birthing fa­cil­ity that caters for the needs of our com­mu­nity as now de­manded; this be­ing an ap­peal­ing and homely en­vi­ron­ment;

to in­cor­po­rate changes that have oc­curred in birthing best prac­tice since the unit was es­tab­lished; and

a more ef­fi­cient use of space for the de­liv­ery of our ma­ter­nity ser­vice.

On av­er­age 200 moth­ers ei­ther birth or re­ceive post-natal care an­nu­ally in Pohlen Ma­ter­nity.

The ma­ter­nity ser­vice Pohlen pro­vides to the com­mu­nity makes an enor­mous dif­fer­ence to fam­i­lies and birthing moth­ers. They are in their own com­mu­nity, near fam­ily and sup­ported by their loved ones.

The re­al­ity is that the Pohlen Foun­da­tion is work­ing hard to raise these funds for the cap­i­tal works and the fitout of this very large project.

Just re­cently the foun­da­tion re­ceived some gen­er­ous do­na­tions from fam­i­lies in the dis­trict.

The foun­da­tion is de­lighted by this and ap­pre­ci­ates the gesture enor­mously.

Com­bined, these do­na­tions im­pact sig­nif­i­cantly on our tar­gets for each sub project as out­lined above.




The end re­sult is that ev­ery­one in the com­mu­nity wins with a hospi­tal that truly caters for the needs of the com­mu­nity in years to come, with spe­cial fo­cus on older folk. Oper­atu­nity, Thurs­day, March 8, 10am to 11.30am on the back lawn of the hospi­tal.

Pohlen won this prize at a New Zealand Aged Care As­so­ci­a­tion con­fer­ence and would like to share it with the com­mu­nity.

It is free and in­cludes four singers and a pi­anist pre­sent­ing a se­ries of mod­ern, clas­si­cal, se­ri­ous and fun mu­sic in Oper­atu­nity style.

Help­ing hand: The Pohlen Foun­da­tion Trust is hop­ing to have an Ohio re­sus­ci­ta­tion trol­ley in each of the birthing units at Pohlen Hospi­tal’s ma­ter­nity unit rather than one shared by both suites. Pic­tured with the trol­ley are mid­wife Cherie Coe and ma­ter­nity aide An­gela GrayWil­liams.

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