$1m pledged to hospital
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.