Pohlen par excellence
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.
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.