WGHG reports strong financial result

WGHG has held its Annual General Meeting and presented awards to long serving staff and volunteers.

The meeting reported WGHG revenue for the 2016-17 period as having exceeded the $100m mark for the first time. The Group achieved a greater than expected budget surplus of more than $1.2m (before capital and depreciation) putting it well ahead of the Board’s 3-year financial recovery plan in its second year.

WGHG Board Chair, Jane Leslie, said the theme for this year’s Annual Report was growth with WGHG experiencing record levels of demand and activity across most of its services. 

“This comes as no surprise as the population in Baw Baw Shire and areas to the west continue to grow at well above state average rates. Coping with and providing quality and timely care with these demands is an ongoing challenge and priority.”

Jane Leslie provided an overview of WGHG’s activities and achievements for the 12 month period. Some of those included:

  • A 3% increase in Emergency Department (ED) presentations setting a record total of 22,028 people presenting.
  • $9.3m in additional funding to build a short stay unit to help address the demand in the Emergency Department and build a third operating theatre.
  • Recorded 855 births and introduced a new maternity management model which afforded mothers the choice of specialist obstetric care and GP and midwife options available for lower-risk births.
  • Growth of the elective surgical program to 2,641 patients following additional funding.
  • Recognition of WGHG’s Positive Pregnancy Program (PPP) as winner of the Excellence in Women’s Health award at the Victorian Healthcare Awards.
  • Warragul Linen Service delivered major linen contracts to Alfred and Monash Health.
  • Achieving significant energy savings with a 7% decrease in electricity and gas usage following significant energy savings works undertaken the previous year.

Jane Leslie said the WGHG Board continued to advocate for a new hospital for West Gippsland.

“Masterplan and feasibility studies that looked at future hospital options on both the current hospital site and the Greenfield site at Drouin East were completed by Lyons architects. Both sites offer viable options for a new hospital capable of meeting the future growth of the region. However a rebuild on the current site would cost more and mean having to operate in a construction zone for many years. As a result, the Board continues to advocate for the hospital to be built on the new site.”

Guest Speaker Baw Baw Shire Mayor, Cr. Joe Gauci, spoke about the challenges and opportunities that population growth presents to the Baw Baw Shire and reinforced Council’s support for a new West Gippsland Hospital.

A highlight of the AGM was the issuing of long service awards to staff, and volunteers. In all, 56 staff were awarded for service of 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years.

Rosa Petruccelli, Sherryl Hibbert and Leesa Ryrie achieved a 35 year service milestone and reflected on the changes and growth of the healthcare group which now employs more than 1000 people.

Three volunteers received 10 year Recognition of Service Awards. They were Bev Forster, Elizabeth Sloane, and David Steele.

Two Life Governorships were awarded to former long serving Board member, Brian Davey and long serving obstetrician, Dr David Simon.

Numerous partner and provider groups were acknowledged including Universities, the TAFE sector, Neerim District Health Service, Committee for Gippsland, Baw Baw Shire and Department of Health and Human Services.

Chief Executive Officer, Dan Weeks thanked the Board, Executive team, staff, volunteers and community groups who are strong supporters of WGHG.

A special thank you also went to the community for support ranging from cards and compliments to staff, to the many donations that are received each year. 

The West Gippsland Healthcare Group Annual Report and Quality Account are available under Publications.

For media enquiries, please contact Karyn O’Brien, Public Relations Manager at WGHG on 03 5623 0600 or at: info@wghg.com.au