$1m pledged to hospi­tal

Mansfield Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By PAM ZIERKMAHON­EY

PLEDGES of more than $1 mil­lion have kicked off the Mans­field District Hospi­tal re­de­vel­op­ment ap­peal.

The Harry and Clare Fri­day Foun­da­tion has con­trib­uted $700,000 to the ap­peal while the Marj Coombs Be­quest has thrown in its sup­port with a fur­ther $300,000.

On top of this ap­peal pa­tron Dr Will Twycross an­nounced his pledge of $25,000 over the next five years to also get the ball rolling.

At a ‘street party’ pub­lic launch held in High Street on Satur­day morn­ing more than 100 res­i­dents and guests gath­ered to mark the be­gin­ning of this ap­peal which needs to raise $7 mil­lion to com­plete stages one through to three.

Chair­man of the hospi­tal board of man­age­ment, Rowan Swaney, said the Mans­field District Hospi­tal has a long and proud his­tory start­ing from its found­ings in 1869.

“From its in­cep­tion it has played an im­por­tant role in emer­gency care and in acute care,” Mr Swaney said.

“To­day’s mod­ern hospi­tal pro­vides a re­mark­ably wide range of health ser­vices to this com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing emer­gency care, acute care, ob­stet­rics, surgery, dial­y­sis and aged care.

“Our chal­lenge is to bring the 19th and 20th century build­ings into the 21st century and to cre­ate the cir­cum­stances that will en­sure we have the best pos­si­ble health care for the fu­ture.

“Through our fundrais­ing ef­forts we are chal­leng­ing state and federal gov­ern­ments to give us the fi­nan­cial sup­port nec­es­sary to rebuild our hospi­tal and se­cure the health of our com­mu­nity for this century.

“We are em­bark­ing on an am­bi­tious re­de­vel­op­ment pro­gram cost­ing some $24m over the next 10-15 years to ad­dress the aged con­di­tion of the hospi­tal build­ings and the lack of op­er­a­tional flex­i­bil­ity,” Mr Swaney said.

In­cluded in the morn­ing’s cel­e­bra­tions were many ac­tiv­i­ties for the chil­dren, adults and live en­ter­tain­ment as well as the ‘tra­di­tional Aussie sausage siz­zle’.

KICK START: Mans­field District Hospi­tal ap­peal pa­tron Dr Will Twycross had the honor of of­fi­cially launch­ing the $7m ap­peal on Satur­day morn­ing, re­veal­ing the $1m kick start al­ready pledged.

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