Pohlen par ex­cel­lence

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page -

There is no doubt that Pohlen Hos­pi­tal is a top class fa­cil­ity in our com­mu­nity.

Now, the rest of the coun­try is start­ing to recog­nise how unique Pohlen Hos­pi­tal is, as the awards be­gin to roll in.

Pohlen Hos­pi­tal and its two rep­re­sen­ta­tives Tui Priest and Ju­dith Chal­lis cel­e­brated suc­cess at the re­cent Na­tional Aged Care As­so­ci­a­tion Con­fer­ence.

Not only did Pohlen win in the QPS Bench­mark­ing In­no­va­tive De­liv­ery of Care Award, but also won the EBOS Health­care Over­all Ex­cel­lence in Aged Care award.

This is sig­nif­i­cant recog­ni­tion for Pohlen at a na­tional level.

Tui and Ju­dith pre­sented to more than 600 peo­ple in­clud­ing lead­ing health­care pro­fes­sion­als from around the world.

The awards were won be­cause of the unique­ness of Pohlen’s Out­door Ex­er­cise and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Fa­cil­ity and the im­pact it has made in the Mata­mata com­mu­nity.

The judges were all in agree­ment that the out­comes were very strong.

New Zealand Aged Care As­so­ci­a­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Martin Tay­lor said there were 39 en­tries in to­tal across all cat­e­gories with eight for the in­no­va­tion cat­e­gory.

‘‘They had an idea to make an out­door ex­er­cise and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion fa­cil­ity, did the re­search and fundrais­ing and de­vel­oped the idea,’’ he said.

‘‘The fa­cil­ity is unique in New Zealand and is go­ing to be of mas­sive ben­e­fit to the Mata­mata and wider com­mu­ni­ties.’’

The fa­cil­ity com­prises in­no­va­tive equip­ment orig­i­nally tar­geted at se­nior mem­bers of the com­mu­nity but lately has been used in­creas­ingly by adults of any age.

Those peo­ple who take ad­van­tage of the free fa­cil­ity might be re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing from a stroke, hip or knee re­place­ment, heart dis­ease, and auto im­mune dis­eases, or sim­ply wish to main­tain or in­crease their gen­eral fit­ness.

Tui runs classes and pro­grammes once a week, on site, to get peo­ple started and over­see their progress.

The Out­door Ex­er­cise and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Fa­cil­ity is open seven days a week and is lo­cated be­tween the Hos­pi­tal and Ma­ter­nity en­trances at Pohlen.

Drop by on a Wed­nes­day at 10.30am to get started with Tui.

Photo: KA­T­RINA TANIRAU

Thor­oughly de­served: Back from left: Grant McKay, Rob Gil­mour, Joan Hen­der­son, Sh­eryll Lo­mas, Sheila Clare, Gayle Beattie, Al­bert Clare. Front from left: Tui Priest, Ivan An­der­son and Ju­dith Chal­lis pic­tured at the Pohlen Hos­pi­tal Out­door Ex­er­cise and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion fa­cil­ity.

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