REDHS fi­nances in good health

Campaspe News - - LOCAL CLASSIES - By KIM­BER­LEY PRICE

LAST Thurs­day night, REDHS held its 25th an­nual gen­eral meet­ing.

With a large turnout for the event, the board of direc­tors went through the pro­gram for the evening.

Af­ter hold­ing a string of com­mu­nity events through­out the year, the REDHS aux­il­iary pre­sented a cheque of $21,000. This money will be used pre­dom­i­nately by the REDHS gym, so­cial com­mit­tee and acute care unit.

Board chair Dr Carol McKinstry spoke of the numer­ous ways REDHS had ex­panded in the past year. From bring­ing the to­tal of graduate nurs­ing po­si­tions to five and in­creas­ing the hos­pi­tal’s re­sponse time to fam­ily vi­o­lence, to tripling the hours in home care ser­vices and proudly boast­ing a ‘healthy choice’ menu in the cafe, 2018 has been an enor­mous year for REDHS.

In terms of fi­nances, trea­surer Jodie Smith an­nounced REDHS achieved an op­er­at­ing re­sult of $150,000, which was above the tar­get set last year.

Guest speaker Ali­son Hal­la­han, prin­ci­pal of Biruu Health, has been work­ing closely with REDHS to ad­vance their aged care plans for the fu­ture. Af­ter col­lect­ing lo­cal data and sta­tis­tics about the way the com­mu­ni­ties REDHS serves will ex­pand, Ms Hal­la­han pre­sented some of her find­ings and rec­om­men­da­tions.

She pointed out the Rochester, El­more and sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties are age­ing, yet peo­ple are want­ing to stay at home longer. There­fore, there is a greater need for home care ser­vices.

Ms Hal­la­han will present her fi­nal re­port to the REDHS board for their con­sid­er­a­tion in the com­ing months.

‘ 2018 has been an year.’ enor­mous

Guest speaker Ali­son Hal­la­han, prin­ci­pal of Biruu Health, and board chair Dr Carol McKinstry at the REDHS AGM.

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