West Gippsland Healthcare Group releases 2022/2023 Annual Report at AGM

West Gippsland Healthcare Group has released the 2022/2023 Annual Report at its Annual General Meeting held yesterday afternoon at the Warragul Country Club.

The Annual Report outlines West Gippsland Healthcare Group’s activities and performance from 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023 and provides detailed financial statements about the organisation.

West Gippsland Healthcare Group has reported another breakeven financial result for the year, reflecting strong support from the Department of Health and recognition of the difficult acute public hospital operating environment.

The Annual General Meeting kicked off at 4.30pm with our Youth Representative Committee members Ellie Holden, Zara McNair, Mia Wilson and Susan Petrie being the guest speakers.

As the only child-safe accredited health care organisation in Australia, West Gippsland Healthcare Group established the Youth Representative Committee for children and young people to participate in decisions that affected them.

In October 2022, the Youth Representative Committee was launched with its first member and has subsequently grown over that time to a committee of six young people.

During the Annual General Meeting, Christine Holland, Robyn Wright, Gai Duncan and Dr Michael Nowotny were all appointed Life Governors at West Gippsland Healthcare Group.

The launch of West Gippsland Healthcare Group’s new Innovation and Improvement Award was also presented during the Annual General Meeting.

The award recognises staff members who demonstrate outstanding Innovation or Improvement in their work.

This year’s award recipient was Acting Manager of Learning & Development Jerin Jose who received the award after achieving improvements across the organisation, covering clinical and non-clinical areas and engaging both internal and external stakeholders.

West Gippsland Healthcare Group Board Chair Jo-Anne Moorfoot said receiving support from the Labor Government for a new West Gippsland Hospital was the highlight of the year.

“Planning and securing our future has been the Board’s primary strategic objection for a number of years,” she said.

“To be included in the May State Budget was just remarkable. Work is well underway and we are excited about our future at the new suite.”

Chief Executive Officer Dan Weeks was once again thrilled by the community support our organisation received.

“We thank the many donors, service clubs and groups who fund much needed services and equipment and we are delighted to recognise major contributors in our Annual Report, he said.

“This year our West Gippsland Hospital Equipment Appeal raised a record amount of $164,000 while the opportunity shop Auxiliaries at Drouin and Trafalgar continued to thrive and provide much-needed support.”

There was a major focus on surgery this year as part of the state-wide strategy to address the backlog that resulted from COVID.

The number of reportable elective surgery theatre cases performed was 2,794, a significant increase from the previous year and well above our target.

The number of hospital admissions increased to 18, 097.

During the year, West Gippsland Healthcare Group supported the establishment of the local Priority Primary Care Centre and participated in the Victorian Virtual Emergency Department, with both services designed to provide alternate treatment options for non-critical patients rather than waiting in the Emergency Department.

Even though these are relatively new programs, they are proving successful and the number of Emergency Department patients was reduced to approximately 23,500.

Our birth numbers at 845 were lower than last year but remain within our planned levels.

During the year we completed the $3.2 million works focussing on energy performance, which included decommissioning the old, inefficient central steam plant and introducing energy efficient machinery.

This has delivered significant energy savings as we strive to be a responsible community citizen.

Our residential aged care services continue to play an important role and we were particularly pleased with our accreditation results at Cooinda Lodge with all Standards assessed as met.

Both Cooinda Lodge and Andrews House aged care facilities are fully accredited and have been awarded 4 Star ratings by the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission.

Warragul Linen Service continues to provide a valuable service to Monash Health and Alfred Health, and managed to meet the demands of the new Victorian Heart Hospital.

For more on West Gippsland Healthcare Group’s Annual Report 2022/2023, visit www.wghg.com.au

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