Country Health Receives Cash Injection
Thursday, 3 May 2018
South Australian country hospitals and an aged care facility are undergoing a range of upgrades, thanks to the ongoing commitment and generous support of regional communities through their local Health Advisory Councils.
Country Health SA Chief Executive Officer, Maree Geraghty, said local Health Advisory Councils (HACs) are funding upgrades for hospitals across the State, from garden landscaping projects to a hospital kitchen renovation and overhaul.
“Community fundraising and philanthropy continues to strengthen the network of facilities across the State, reflecting community values and community priorities,” Ms Geraghty said.
“Health Advisory Councils (HACs) are funding upgrades at Laura Hospital in the mid-north, Tumby Bay Hospital on the Eyre Peninsula, Angaston Hospital in the Barossa Valley, and hospitals in Waikerie, Karoonda and Meningie in the Riverland Mallee Coorong.
“Following a generous bequest to the Waikerie HAC, the council elected to renovate and convert the rooms at Waikerie’s aged care facility into single rooms with ensuite facilities added to each room, costing around $1.8 million.
“At Karoonda Hospital the HAC has spent $100,000 resurfacing the car park and beautifying the gardens for the benefit of aged care residents, while at Laura Hospital the HAC will spend $317,000 this financial year – $470,000 in total – renovating and enlarging the kitchen and equipping it with new freezers.”
Meningie Hospital will receive a $50,000 facelift to its outdoor landscaping and gardens, at Tumby Bay Hospital the laundry will be refitted and asbestos cladding removed at a cost of $100,000, while at Angaston Hospital the HAC will spend $150,000 refurbishing consultants’ rooms.
Ms Geraghty said HACs ensure a strong link is maintained between country communities and their health services.
“HACs play an important advocating role on behalf of their communities, advising the Minister of the day on local health service needs and priorities,” she said.
“I am grateful to HACs for their ongoing support of their local health services – their strong voice is essential to ensuring we maintain high quality, safe and innovative services, providing the best possible care to country South Australians.”