Local trust gives Pohlen cash
Pohlen Hospital has received a cash injection from a local trust to the tune of $50,000.
On November 19, Braeside Hospital Trust members were on hand to present Pohlen Hospital with the sizeable donation.
Braeside Hospital Trust chairman Ernie Gardner said the trust has a number of long serving trustees, some more than 40 years, and the group were all about giving back to the community.
Since the mid 1930s, the Braeside facilities in Firth St have served the Matamata community with a wide variety of medical and healthcare activities.
Initially, Braeside was a surgical hospital owned and operated by the matron, Sister Cannell. In 1967, the hospital was under threat of closure, but the formation of the Braeside Hospital Trust Board coupled with a successful public appeal for funds kept Braeside open.
However, with the building of Pohlen Hospital in 1967-68, the role of Braeside changed from a surgical unit to a medical geriatric unit, then to Heather Lea Rest Home, Malio House Rest Home and dementia facility and more recently, a rest home and secure dementia facility operated by Kingswood Healthcare.
Kingswood Healthcare has since purchased the Braeside complex and, along with their associated healthcare facilities in Cambridge and Morrinsville, will continue to provide best quality rest home and dementia care for the Matamata community.
The role of the Braeside Trust has consequently changed from a property ownership role to a more philanthropic role within the Matamata community.
The intention of the Braeside Trust is to provide support, as appropriate, to health or health related projects that in the opinion of the Trust, will benefit or continue to benefit the Matamata community.
‘‘The Pohlen Hospital complex is a superb medical and healthcare facility and Braeside Trust is delighted to assist with the continuing development of this facility,’’ Braeside Hospital Trust chairman Ernie Gardner said.
Pohlen Hospital Board Trust chair David Gasquoine said both the Hospital Board Trust and the Foundation were very excited about the donation made by the Braeside trust.
‘‘We’re all very certain it will serve a great purpose in our community.
‘‘Every dollar is appreciated. Matamata is unbelievably generous.’’
Pohlen Foundation chair Lady Margaret Spring wanted to thank Braeside Trust for their contribution.
‘‘It has helped us so much.’’
Braeside Hospital Trust members, from left, Kevin Tappin, Richard Norris, Ernie Gardner and Murray Davidson with Pohlen Hospital Board Trust chair David Gasquoine and Pohlen Foundation chair Lady Margaret Spring.