Lo­cal trust gives Pohlen cash

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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.’’

PHOTO: TERESA HAT­TAN

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.

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