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1 The Ramsay Way Ramsay Health Care s corporate newsletter 01 PINDARA OPENS $50M DEVELOPMENT 02 NEW EMERGENCY SERVICE FOR LAKE MACQUARIE 04 ST ANDREW S IN CATH LAB REGIONAL FIRST 06 WESTMEAD IMPLANTS MINIATURE HEART MONITOR 07 FIRST BABY FOR MILDURA BASE NEW BIRTHING SUITES 02 CEO S MESSAGE 03 NEW THEATRE OPENED AT KAREENA 04 NEW TELETHON CHILDRENS WARD COMING TO JOONDALUP 07 STRATHFIELD HELPS MESOTHELIOMA SUFFERERS 08 MT WILGA HAS BEST STROKE CARER IN AUSTRALIA 08 RAMSAY PEOPLE 09 MOVEMENTS & APPOINTMENTS 10 NATIONAL SAFETY UPDATE 10 PEOPLE & CULTURE 12 RAMSAY INDONESIA 14 FUN & FITNESS 15 OUR COMMUNITY 50 years of People Caring for People Pindara Private opens $50 million development PINDARA PRIVATE HAS OPENED A NEW 116 BED PRIVATE ROOM WING DEVELOPMENT INCORPORATING A STATE-OF-THE-ART GOLD COAST NEUROSCIENCES UNIT & A NEW CANCER UNIT. Part of a $50 million development at the hospital, the new Dr David Lindsay Wing, also includes new operating theatres, a neuro-vascular hybrid theatre and a brand new kitchen for the campus. A new rehabilitation unit is under development and will be open by Christmas. The additional wing which was formally opened by the Federal Health Minister Peter Dutton in September, brings Pindara Private Hospital to 335 beds making it the largest private hospital on the Coast and follows the $60 million development opened at the hospital in Ramsay completes acquisition of Générale de Santé Hospital CEO Trish Hogan welcomed Ramsay Health Care s investment in Pindara ($110 million over the last four years) and the new multi-level development which she said would provide a high standard of accommodation for patients as well as access to the highest quality medical and surgical services. Pindara Private Hospital is a leading private hospital in Queensland with leading private doctors and staff. This new development will assist the hospital to meet the growing demand for private hospital services on the Gold Coast, said Ms Hogan. The Hospital has taken a step closer to becoming a centre of excellence in neurosurgery with the opening of the Gold Coast Neuroscience Unit, on level 3 of the new Dr David Lindsay Wing. The 24 bed neuroscience ward includes a four bed close observation unit. The new wing also houses a 29 bed oncology unit and two new surgical units. Pindara s new wing is named in honour of Dr David Lindsay. Dr Lindsay had a long association with the Hospital, having served on the Pindara Medical Advisory, Ethics and Accreditation Committees for many years. He held the position of Sub-Dean (Pindara Private Hospital) Bond University Medical School and was also actively involved in teaching medical students from Griffith University. Dr Lindsay served as President of the Gold Coast Medical Association from and was well known and highly regarded within the Medical Community. L-R: Pindara Private CEO Trish Hogan with Ramsay Health Care Managing Director Chris Rex, Federal Health Minister Peter Dutton & Pindara Medical Advisory Committee Chairman Dr Guy Wright-Smith. Ramsay Health Care Managing Director Chris Rex said that Pindara Private had achieved an incredible profile, thanks to the doctors and staff who work at the hospital. It is the doctors and staff who have helped to create this great reputation and we hope that they enjoy working in these new facilities and that our patients appreciate them as well, Mr Rex said. Ramsay Health Care has finalised the acquisition of a controlling interest in leading French private hospital operator Générale de Santé after meeting the requisite regulatory approvals. Ramsay, together with partner Crédit Agricole Assurances, announced on 11 June 2014 that they had agreed to acquire Générale de Santé and the acquisition was cleared by the French Anti-Trust Authority on 25 September Générale de Santé is a leading operator of private hospitals in France comprising 75 facilities (including 61 hospitals) in the fields of medicine, surgery, obstetrics and rehabilitation. The company employs around 19,000 staff. The addition of Générale de Santé s facilities brings Ramsay s total portfolio in France to 115 facilities (including 101 hospitals) and 15,400 beds and places, making it the largest private hospital operator in France. L-R: Neurointerventional radiologists Dr Hal Rice & Dr Laetitia DeVilliers in the new state-of-the-art hybrid theatre at Pindara Private. Danny Buderus launches new private emergency service see page 2 The Ramsay Way

2 Danny Buderus launches new private emergency service CEO s message THE OPENING OF PINDARA PRIVATE HOSPITAL S NEW MAJOR $50 MILLION DEVELOPMENT ON THE GOLD COAST, FEATURES IN THIS EDITION OF THE RAMSAY WAY. I AM DELIGHTED WITH THIS DEVELOPMENT AND LOOK FORWARD TO FURTHER EXPANSION AT THIS HOSPITAL IN LINE WITH THE MASTER PLAN FOR THIS FACILITY. Later in the year, we will also open a $60 million development at Warringal Private Hospital in Melbourne and will shortly commence or complete construction on several other new developments including St George, Lake Macquarie, Caboolture, Mitcham, Port Macquarie, Dudley, Peninsula and Beleura Private Hospitals. Last financial year (2014) the Ramsay Board committed $172 million for capacity expansions in Australia and we expect to commit a further $200 million this financial year. Almost all of our 69 facilities have received an upgrade or expansion over the last five years, an indicator that we have a quality group of hospitals that are ready to meet the demand being driven by an expanding and ageing population in Australia. At the same time as managing this large number of expansions we have also expanded overseas and have recently been given the tick of approval by the regulatory authorities to acquire Générale de Santé, the market leader of private hospitals in France. With the completion of this acquisition Ramsay becomes the leading private hospital operator in a country that has a strong well-respected health system, an ageing demographic and a growing demand for health care services. Générale de Santé has a quality group of hospitals, led by an excellent management team, providing comprehensive services to over 1 million patients each year. We are looking forward to this business and its team becoming an integral part of Ramsay s future operations. Ramsay Health Care is now a truly global operator with a geographically diverse portfolio of hospitals across five countries and this acquisition now cements our position in the top five private hospital operators in the world. While we continue to expand and develop I am more proud that we have not lost sight of what has made us. The Ramsay Way is integral to our success. In particular, we maintain focus on safety and risk management for both our staff and patients. Quality and risk programs introduced right across Ramsay Health Care hospitals continue to have a positive impact on incident rates, severity of incidents and incidents directly related to our own systems and processes. Risk management is high on the Board s agenda and, as a result, incident rates remain extremely low right across the Company. In addition, I am extremely pleased to see that we continued to achieve record-breaking lows in long term injury frequency rates (LTIFRs) in Staff safety is extremely important and ensuring that our employees can work in a safe environment has been a major focus for the Company and shows in these extremely low LTIFRs recorded in 2014 and as reported in this issue of The Ramsay Way. These excellent results only come because everyone contributes in some way and I thank all our staff and doctors for your continued contribution and focus on quality and safety. LAKE MACQUARIE PRIVATE HOSPITAL RECENTLY UNVEILED PLANS TO LAUNCH THE HUNTER REGION S FIRST PRIVATE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT, PROVIDING THE COMMUNITY WITH 24/7 ACCESS TO PRIVATE EMERGENCY CARE. Opening in March 2015, the new private emergency department will employ experienced emergency trained doctors and qualified emergency nursing staff for patients with conditions requiring urgent assessment and treatment. The new emergency department will also provide a specialised sports medicine service on weekends for emergencies stemming from local sporting events. This initiative has been welcomed by Lake Macquarie Private s ambassador and former Newcastle Knights great Danny Buderus, who launched the new private emergency service today. Hospital CEO Ian Maytom said the announcement was an exciting development for the Hospital and the region. While private emergency departments are common in some metropolitan areas in Australia, they are very rare in regional areas. This is a first for Newcastle and, with the back-up of Lake Macquarie Private s extensive cardiac, intensive care and surgical services, we are well positioned to be able to provide a comprehensive emergency service for the community 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Mr Maytom said. The Ramsay Way Patients will be able to self-present or be referred to the centre by their GP or medical specialist. The hospital also proposes to link in with the local ambulance service. This service will not replace the care provided by GPs but rather will complement the services already available in Newcastle. Our aim will be to link in with GPs, ambulance services and public hospital emergency services to ensure we are providing a complementary and comprehensive service to the local community. Preliminary discussions with the Hunter New England Health have been very supportive of the new service and the service is being developed in consultation with local representatives of the NSW Ambulance Service to refine the protocols leading into March. On-site radiology, pathology and diagnostic cardiology services will support the new Emergency Centre. In addition, the emergency department will provide 24 hour support for patients of the Hunter Cancer Centre, which already features a comprehensive range of medical, radiation and surgical oncology. Ramsay s new Wollongong Private takes shape The $90M Wollongong Private Hospital development continues to progress steadily with the earthworks program now 100% complete and commencement of the car park starting to take shape. With the earthworks completed, construction of the three level basement car park commenced and is currently well underway. Within the next few months the hospital structure will start to rise above the ground floor, with the main lift shaft leading ahead. Internal walls and services installations will also commence in the car park, as the structure progresses to the upper floors. When it opens in 2016, Wollongong Private Hospital will feature 151 beds with state-of-the-art equipment, facilities and patient services occupying 4.5 floors of the 7 storey medical precinct. The completed development will showcase modern medical suites, diagnostic services with a full range of medical, surgical, day oncology and maternity services. Development of Wollongong Private Hospital is managed by AW Edwards. 2 Whilst aimed at providing direct access for patients with health insurance cover, the new unit will also be accessible to other members of the community. The unit will operate on a fee-for-service basis similar to other private emergency departments throughout the country. Interesting project statistics: The complete car park excavation involved the removal of 135,000 tonnes of soil equal to the weight of 750 Boeing 747 planes or more than twice the weight of the Titanic. The soil was removed from site using approximately 4,500 truck and trailer loads. If these trucks were all lined up nose to tail, the distance covered would be equivalent to Wollongong to Sydney. The structure will be reinforced by approximately 220km of post tension cabling laid in a grid fashion throughout the suspended floors in addition to conventional steel reinforcement. The main lift shaft is formed up using a jumpform system which is able to self-climb using 14 hydraulically driven jacks.

3 DEVELOPMENTS $9 million boost for Port Macquarie PORT MACQUARIE PRIVATE HOSPITAL WILL SHORTLY OPEN ITS $4M UPGRADE & EXTENSION OF THE REHABILITATION UNIT INCLUDING A BRAND NEW HYDRO- THERAPY POOL & THE HOSPITAL HAS RECENTLY RECEIVED COUNCIL APPROVAL FOR TWO ADDITIONAL OPERATING THEATRES. Work on the rehabilitation unit started last year and take the form of a new hydrotherapy pool, single accommodation patient rooms, extended gymnasium and multipurpose rooms. Construction is set to be completed this October. Hospital CEO Paul Geddes said the other project for which development application was approved in July, comprised an additional two operating theatres at the rear of the hospital. That project is worth approximately $5m and work will start in October and go through to July 2015, Paul said. He said Ramsay Health Care had identified Port Macquarie as a growth area and the extensions and improvements were designed to cater for increased demand for private health services into the future. There is a real buzz of anticipation about the new facilities and we are looking forward to it being completed. In the meantime he thanked staff and patients for their patience and construction workers for doing their absolute best to minimise noise and inconvenience. Port Macquarie Private is currently a 69 bed facility providing a wide range of surgical and medical specialties. It was established 30 years ago. Kareena opens new theatre A BRAND NEW OPERATING THEATRE RECENTLY OPENED AT KAREENA PRIVATE HOSPITAL WILL PROVIDE ENHANCED SERVICES FOR THE SUTHERLAND SHIRE COMMUNITY. New surgeons at Kareena Private Hospital will now offer additional surgical procedures, from spinal surgery to eye procedures, to compliment the already comprehensive range of specialties and procedures at the hospital. Nearing completion of a $20 Million renovation, Kareena Private Hospital s brand new state-of-the-art operating theatre is equipped with sophisticated medical imaging technologies. The new theatre brings the total number of theatres to six and is complete with top of the range eye microscopes, Phaco machines for cataract surgeries and a new Stryker i-suite. Recently commenced Hospital CEO Steve Rajcany said the new theatre was a welcome addition to the hospital and the hospital was looking forward to the opening of its $20 million development. This major development will transform Kareena Private Hospital into a modern 139 bed facility and include the introduction of a brand new 36 bed wing, Steve said. The development will also include a new eight bed Intensive Care Unit and new onsite medical suites. The hospital also recently reopened its maternity ward with all single renovated maternity rooms and three deluxe parenting suites. Hunters Hill undergoes major upgrade Hunters Hill Private Hospital has recently undergone a major upgrade with patients now enjoying state-of-the-art accommodation in 35 single rooms. Rehabilitation facilities and the common areas were also updgraded during the four month renovations. The Ramsay Way

4 HOSPITALNEWS St Andrew s stents first patient ST ANDREW S IPSWICH PRIVATE HOSPITAL PERFORMED THE REGION S FIRST INTERVENTIONAL CARDIAC PROCEDURE IN SEPTEMBER. St Andrew s cardiac catheter laboratory became operational in January 2014 with only diagnostic angiography being performed until this time. St Andrew s CEO Chris Went said patients requiring interventional cardiac procedures had previously had to travel to Brisbane and so it was a significant milestone in the delivery of cardiac services for Ipswich and surrounds. St Andrew s is now positioned to provide diagnostic and interventional cardiac services. Cardiac blockages can now be identified and treated locally through the insertion of stents. said Chris. The hospital was required to demonstrate service capability before being granted authority to perform interventional procedures. We are thrilled to have been permitted to move our cardiac catheter laboratory into its next phase of service delivery. St Andrew s Ipswich Private Hospital has a dedicated team of 10 cardiologists that service the Ipswich and West Moreton Region. This team provides an on-call roster; ensuring that private patients have access to cardiac care at all hours. The hospital continues to grow and meet the needs of the Ipswich and West Moreton Region with further capacity and expansion predicted over the coming years. LEFT: St Andrew s cardiac team ready for action. New Telethon Children s Ward coming to Joondalup A NEW 37-BED PURPOSE-BUILT CHILDREN S WARD WILL BE BUILT ON TOP OF THE MAIN HOSPITAL BUILDING AT JOONDALUP HEALTH CAMPUS. The project will be funded by the State Government ($6m), Telethon WA ($6m) and Ramsay Health Care which has donated $1m to Telethon each year for three years. The facility will be called the Telethon Children s Ward in recognition of the charity s generous grant. CEO Kempton Cowan said the new facility will enable more children to be treated locally and will help to support the new Perth Children s Hospital to meet the growing demand for paediatric services. With floor-to-ceiling glass surrounds, the ward will be bright and spacious with 360 degree views over Lake Joondalup and towards the Indian Ocean. Facilities will include: overnight facilities for parents and activity areas for children. Joondalup Health Campus has an excellent team of paediatric doctors and nursing staff led by Professor Desiree Silva. This team is very much looking forward to the new ward and new facilities, Kempton said. The existing 24-bed Children s Ward is located in the original hospital building which was built in It has been an excellent service but it is time for a new modern facility. Paediatric demand at JHC has increased significantly in recent years. Emergency attendances increased by 56 per cent between 2009 and 2013 while admissions increased by 31 per cent over the same period. To expand services further, a new facility is needed and this ward will meet this demand. 4 The Ramsay Way

5 PAW-fect visitors in the Highlands YOU WOULDN T NORMALLY SEE A DOG IN A HOSPITAL, BUT AT SOUTH- ERN HIGHLANDS PRIVATE HOSPITAL THESE FOUR LEGGED FRIENDS ARE AMONG THEIR DAILY VISITORS. With his long blonde hair and kind manor, Rocky is the centre of attention in the Acacia Unit at Southern Highlands Cancer Centre. The friendly four year old lab is a member of the PAWS Pet Therapy, a visiting dog therapy program which visits hospitals and alike. In the PAWS Pet Therapy group there s up to 10 different therapy dogs that visit the Acacia Unit patients daily. The therapeutic benefits of animal companions are well known but the greatest benefit to the hospital is the potential to uplift and distract nervous patients. Surgery brings quality of life for nonagenarians TODAY, THE 80 PLUS AGE GROUP CONTINUES TO BE THE FASTEST GROW- ING SEGMENT OF THE POPULATION, & INNOVATIVE SURGICAL PROCEDURES NOW PROVIDED AT STRATHFIELD PRIVATE HOSPITAL PROVIDE A QUALITY OF LIFE, WHICH COULD ONLY BE DREAMT OF A FEW DECADES AGO. However, with the new phenomenon of later-life survival, brings the dilemma many patients and doctors face just how old is too old for surgery? Strathfield Private Cardiothoracic Surgeon Professor Michael Vallely says a recent study involving Strathfield Private patients, printed in the international Heart Lung and Circulation journal, found that both short and longterm outcomes for potentially high-risk, elderly patients were excellent. The number of cardiac surgical patients >80 years has increased 24fold over the last 2 decades, he says. He says some patients are denied cardiac surgery or not referred for consideration based on their age alone - but that the new research proves age is not a barrier. The study included 117 patients aged 80 or more, who underwent heart surgery at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Strathfield Private. Olga Salmond, 90 next year, is one of the new breed of nonagenarians at Strathfield Private. Every referral to a unit with an interest in the management of structural heart disease in the elderly, gives older patients the best chance of being offered appropriate intervention, he says. Olga Salmond, 90 next year, had Anterior Minimally Invasive Surgery (AMIS) on her hip at Strathfield Private in 2014, as well mitral valve heart surgery a few years earlier and post-surgery walks two kilometres a day. Her advice for elderly patients? Pardon the pun but I would do it again in a heartbeat. Hot new wheels for Lawrence Hargrave Private The team at Lawrence Hargrave Private Hospital recently sent their patient transport vehicle off for a complete makeover returning with a hot new look. The van now displays inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs offered at Lawrence Hargarve including hydrotherapy, pain management program and Tai Chi and Pilates classes with some bright and fun graphics and the motto We ll Get You Moving. The eye catching van transformation is being noticed in the broader community. The Ramsay Way

6 HOSPITALNEWS St Andrew s acquires EBUS ST ANDREW S IPSWICH PRIVATE HOSPITAL HAS ACQUIRED AN ENDOBRONCHIAL ULTRASOUND (EBUS) BRONCHOSCOPE. EBUS IS A FAIRLY NEW PROCEDURE USED IN THE DIAGNOSIS OF CANCER, INFECTIONS & DISEASES OF THE CHEST. St Andrew s respiratory physician Dr Richard Nankervis said the technique used a specifically designed bronchoscope to access deep tissues safely that would have otherwise required an invasive surgical approach. This bronchoscope is the first of its kind in Ipswich and only one of two located in Brisbane. EBUS is a day procedure eliminating the need for inpatient stays; it is a safe and minimally invasive technique used to diagnose and stage tumours earlier which results in a better chance of cure. Previously, patients needing EBUS were required to travel to Brisbane to access this procedure; they can now be consulted and receive this procedure locally. Miniature Heart Monitor implanted at Westmead CARDIOLOGISTS & CARDIOTHORACIC SURGEONS AT WESTMEAD PRIVATE HOSPITAL ARE AMONGST THE FIRST EXPERTS IN NEW SOUTH WALES TO IMPLANT THE WORLD S SMALLEST CARDIAC MONITOR. The Medtronic Reveal LINQ Implantable Cardiac Monitor is capable of wirelessly diagnosing potentially dangerous, irregular heartbeats and hoped to disarm the ticking time bomb for those Australians who live unknowingly with chronic heart conditions. Without appropriate diagnosis and treatment, the effects of undetected or misdiagnosed heart rhythm disorders can be fatal and occur without warning. The new insertable cardiac monitor (ICM) will be used to aid clinicians in detecting minute changes in a patient s heart rhythm by continuously monitoring, recording and storing data inside the device for up to three years. In addition, due to its wireless monitoring capabilities, physicians can be notified quickly if patients need medical attention between regular appointments, a big advantage for patients living in the country or remote locations. Dr Ajita Kanthan, Cardiologist at Westmead Private Hospital, has now undertaken a number of cases over the past month and said: It is wonderful that we are able to give patients access to this technology, ultimately allowing them to get the diagnostic answers they need quickly. Placed just beneath the skin s surface through a small incision of less than 1 cm, the monitor (which is about one third of the size of an AAA battery) provides uninterrupted monitoring for up to three years, plus is nearly invisible to the naked eye in most patients. The miniaturisation of the monitor provides smaller patients including children access to the technology with little cosmetic impact. For the patients the benefits include minimal scarring or pain; faster recovery, shorter stay and higher patient satisfaction. The number of Australians living with heart rhythm disease is currently unknown, with high numbers of the population undiagnosed. While more than 400,000 Australians are diagnosed with AF, a further 100,000 Australians are estimated to be living with the condition and undiagnosed. Stroke is one of the most serious consequences of AF and imposes substantial personal and economic costs. Ineffective or no stroke prevention treatment leads to even more strokes, poor outcomes for patients and is costly to the Australian health system. Tim Daniel, CEO of Westmead Private Hospital said this was an exciting opportunity for Westmead Private Hospital, providing a cutting edge treatment option to patients. 6 The Ramsay Way

7 Fighting the devil s dust at Strathfield FOR SERAFINA SALUCCI IT IS AN IRREVOCABLE CHILDHOOD MEMORY - PLAYING CUBBYHOUSES IN THE GARDEN, WITH THE LEFTOVER ASBESTOS CEMENT SHEETS HER FATHER HAD CUT FOR A HOME GARAGE. While her brothers remain unscathed from their exposure to the devil s dust, it was Serafina who was given the devastating diagnosis of mesothelioma three decades later. For the past six years, this inspiring mum of four has been held tightly under the wing of her medical crew, which includes Strathfield Private Hospital staff, Strathfield Private Cardiothoracic Surgeon Professor Brian McCaughan and mesothelioma support coordinator at the Asbestos Disease Research Institute Jocelyn McLean. In decades past, mesothelioma patients were not always promptly referred to mesothelioma specialists because doctors held the belief, (and many still do) that the condition is untreatable; or that radical surgery like pleuropneumonectomy would provide only a few months of borrowed time, says McLean. However she says that for patients diagnosed in early stages of the disease, timely treatment, using the tri-modal approach of chemotherapy, pleuropneumonectomy and radiotherapy has improved outcomes significantly. Serafina received this protocol and continues to be an inspiration to all of us. She really took on the mantle of staying fit and active even when you have lung disease. Two years ago she walked solo in the City to Surf and only a few weeks ago walked the Bay Run. Although Serafina has recently had a second recurrence and is currently undergoing radiotherapy, her team ensures that hope continues to shine its beacon. We now have 30 survivors (since 2004) including an 80-year-old man who was diagnosed at 70 and still has no evidence of disease, says McLean. BELOW: Jocelyn McLean, Professor Brian McCaughan & Strathfield Private Hospital patient Serafina Salucci New Birthing Suite welcomes first arrival THE FIRST BIRTH HAS BEEN RECORDED IN THE NEW MILDURA BASE HOSPITAL BIRTHING SUITES. Lola Mary Droffelaar arrived at am on Tuesday only hours after the new suites were officially opened at seven o clock that morning. Lola was the fourth child for proud parents Lauren and Andrew, and a younger sister for India, Finn and Willow. The new birthing suites are a key element of the seven million dollar Mildura Base Hospital redevelopment. The work expands by one the number of birthing suites at the Maternity Unit, meaning there will be four birthing suites available. The opening of two of the new suites marks the completion of the first stage of the Maternity Unit redevelopment. The third new birthing suite will open soon, and the refurbishment of one of the original birthing suites will then get underway. Last year we had 874 births at the Hospital it s a very busy place some days, said MBH Maternity Nurse Unit Manager Rachel McDowall. It s been a relatively quiet week this week, but a fourth birthing suite will mean we can manage demand much more comfortably, she said. The hospital redevelopment project is also continuing elsewhere in the hospital. The first stage of the Mental Health Department is already in use, with the expansion of the Emergency Department now nearing completion. All work on all three redevelopment stages will be finished by December. A separate project, the new $9 million accommodation complex for students and clinicians in Thirteenth Street, has commenced. It will be finished by the end of February next year. Masada launches weekend Mother Baby Program Demand for the Masada Mother and Baby Unit residential program has increased significantly over the last six months, resulting in the current wait time stretching to 8 weeks. Hospital CEO Lisa Carter said the increasing demand led to the development of a weekend program which consists of two consecutive weekend stays. This allows mothers who have previously been unable to attend the Monday to Friday stay due to work and family commitments to access the program, Lisa said. Masada MBU commenced the weekend program in July 2014 with great success and now plans for it to be an ongoing service. The participants achieved an excellent outcome after the program as evidenced by a very high customer satisfaction ratings being fed back to the hospital. The feedback about the program and the capability of the staff has been excellent. This is wonderful recognition for the MBU team who demonstrate an outstanding ability and commitment to delivering the best perinatal care for women, babies and their families. The Ramsay Way

8 Maternity terrace launch & Casey Young memorial IN A MOVING CEREMONY, JOHN FLYNN PRIVATE HOSPITAL RECENTLY CELE- BRATED THE LIFE & FAMILY OF PATIENT CASEY YOUNG WHO PASSED AWAY ONE YEAR GO, DEDICATING A NEW GLASSED-IN TERRACE IN THE MATERNITY WARD IN HER HONOUR. Casey Young discovered she had stage four bowel cancer in May 2013 while undergoing a caesarean section to deliver her twin babies at John Flynn Private Hospital. The disease was so advanced that Casey survived just another three months, passing away on 6th August Casey and her family touched the lives of many at John Flynn and one year later on 7 August 2014, John Flynn Private Hospital staff paid tribute to a much-loved patient who was always smiling when she walked through the corridors, officially opening the new maternity terrace named in Casey s honour. In the last few months of her life, Casey Young longed to get out on to John Flynn Private Hospital s balcony and take in views of the coastline. Maternity manager Gaylene Hardwick said, when she was with us she always wanted to go out on the balcony into the fresh air, she loved the outdoors. She kept pushing the point, her perseverance admirable. We now have this beautiful terrace that everyone including mothers, families, visitors and staff can use. It has such a positive vibe and spirit about it. Hospital Chief Executive Greg Jenke said Mrs Young s incredibly sad, yet truly inspiring story had been the catalyst for developing and opening the balcony. The motivation and the inspiration behind it was sad, but it is a long lasting tribute to her, Mr Jenke said. RIGHT: James Young with babies Cora & James Jnr at the opening ceremony with John Flynn Private CEO Greg Jenke. RAMSAYPEOPLE Mildura staff awarded for quality improvement A group of senior staff at Mildura Base Hospital (MBH) has been recognised with an award at the completion of a year-long program aimed at continuous improvement within the hospital. The Qualitas Consortium was formed in 2011 to support healthcare organisations to improve quality, productivity and safety. Five MBH representatives recently completed the Qualitas Productive Leader program, focused on delivering greater efficiency, both personal and organisational, giving leaders more time to lead. At the completion of the course, the MBH participants won the award for best presentation ahead of metropolitan and regional hospitals from throughout Victoria. Congratulations to the following MBH leaders on their Qualitas Award: Claire Eaton (Associate Director of Nursing) Belinda Pavilach (Acting Director of Mental Health Services) Katrina Allen (Perioperative Services Manager) Janet Hicks (General Manager Performance Improvement) Angela Imms (former Community Services Manager) Best Stroke carer in Australia at Mt Wilga IF YOU ARE UNLUCKY ENOUGH TO SUFFER A STROKE, THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT HORNSBY HAS THE BEST STROKE CARER IN AUSTRALIA. Mt Wilga Private Hospital neurological occupational therapist Kelly Gerrard has been named the 2014 Stroke Care Champion for her outstanding dedication and being an inspiring advocate for stroke patients. Kelly s commitment to stroke is impressive, having contributed to numerous quality improvement projects, National Stroke Foundation CEO Dr Erin Lalor said. Since joining Mt Wilga 11 years ago, Ms Gerrard has helped thousands of stroke patients. She was nominated for the Kelly Gerrard has helped thousands of stroke patients. (story & photo courtesy News Ltd) award by her peers for being committed, enthusiastic, professional, empathetic and a human force in sometimes difficult and challenging situations. It (my job) is so incredible, I absolutely love it, she said. I like getting to know the patients and their family members and working with them. And there s also the buzz of seeing miracles happen. It does feel like that very often, she said. 100th robotic procedure at JFPH IN JULY 2014, JOHN FLYNN PRIVATE HOSPITAL S UROLOGISTS PERFORMED THE HOSPITAL S 100TH ROBOTIC SURGERY PROCEDURE, A ROBOTIC ASSISTED LAPAROSCOPIC PYELOPLASTY. The patient recovered well and returned to work a week later. The endorsed urologist robotic surgeons have been performing a number of prostatic and renal procedures and the early clinical outcomes have been outstanding, with no major complications. The Da Vinci robot is also being used at John Flynn in early throat cancers as a curative treatment, gynaecological procedures including hysterectomies, along with a number of general surgical, bariatric and sleep apnoea procedures. JFPH urologists L-R: Dr Scott Leslie, Dr Stephen Bourne, Dr Martin Elmes & Dr David Sillar. Queen s Honours for St George Private doctor St George Private Intensive Care specialist Professor John Myburgh has been recognised for service to the community in this year s Queen s Birthday honours. Professor Myburgh was appointed an Officer (AO) of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to medicine as an intensive and critical care practitioner, educator and researcher, and as an international innovator in patient management. It s a great privilege to have a colleague of the calibre of John Myburgh working with us, says Associate Professor George Skowronski, Intensivist and Chairman of the St George Private Hospital Medical Advisory Committee. John is the only Australasian invited participant in the Brain Trauma Foundation guidelines for head injury management, which are used all over the world to guide treatment. More recently he has led international research into the use of intravenous fluids, and his work has resulted in the recognition that IV fluids containing starch derivatives are harmful. These fluids have been withdrawn from use in many hospitals worldwide. It goes without saying that St George Private was among the first! 8 The Ramsay Way

9 Vale Dr Paul Antonis Dr Paul Robert Antonis, an interventional cardiologist who built an international reputation and helped to shape the careers of many young doctors, has died in Melbourne aged 43. Paul graduated with Honours from Monash University Medical School in 1994 and the following year began a much-lauded 19 year association with Monash Health, particularly at Monash Medical Centre, Clayton and related hospitals. In 2003, Paul began training as an interventional cardiologist and, with natural manual dexterity and the ability to make rapid, clear decisions, it was evident he was made for the subspecialty. Paul was among the most naturally gifted of trainees. Paul was appointed as a consultant cardiologist with MonashHeart in 2005, and his leadership, dedication and communication skills saw him quickly promoted to head of acute cardiac services by Under Paul s leadership, the acute cardiac care units at Monash Medical Centre and Dandenong Hospital developed into one seamless unit. Paul worked tirelessly side by side with his colleagues to create MonashHeart, now Victoria s largest cardiology service provider, with an enviable reputation nationally and internationally. MOVEMENTS&APPOINTMENTS Paul joined the MonashHeart/CVCTA cardiac CT teaching faculty, teaching the art and science of cardiac CT imaging at all 14 subsequent level-a courses to hundreds of cardiologists and radiologists from Australia and New Zealand. Paul was also instrumental in establishing Melbourne Heart Care, a Brighton based private cardiology practice also consulting at and working in the cardiology department at Linacre Private Hospital. Paul will be remembered for the love of his family as a caring, devoted and doting father, as a truly gifted, compassionate and caring cardiologist and as a kind, tolerant and great-humoured friend. He will never be far from our thoughts. Thanks to Professor Ian Meredith for his contribution to this tribute. Suzanne (centre) pictured with members of her team. Another 1st at Hollywood CONGRATULATIONS TO SUZANNE THOMPSON, CLINICAL NURSE MANAGER FOR ANAESTHETICS & CLERICAL STAFF AT HOLLYWOOD PRIVATE HOSPITAL, ON BEING AWARDED THE DIPLOMA IN PARAMEDICAL SCIENCE (ANAESTHESIA). Suzanne spent nine months gathering evidence of her skills and experience to demonstrate competence in the 18 units of study. This was the first time a staff member at Hollywood has been awarded this diploma. Hollywood is also the only hospital in Western Australia (WA) licenced to deliver this diploma which is offered to all Ramsay Health Care WA employees through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) pathway. GAIL GRAHAM, former CEO of Glenferrie Private Hospital, retired in September. Gail has been at Glenferrie since its commissioning in 2002 and has served as the CEO of Glenferrie since Gail has had a wonderful, 50 plus year career in healthcare beginning her nurse training at The Austin Hospital in Melbourne in Over the years, Gail has worked in many senior hospital executive roles, including the Director of Nursing of Northpark Private Hospital, the Director of Nursing of Knox Private Hospital, CEO of Waverley Private Hospital, CEO of Linacre, Warringal and Cotham Private Hospitals and, just prior to the commencement of her CEO role at Glenferrie in 2005, the CEO of The Avenue and Masada Private Hospitals in Melbourne. Throughout her entire healthcare career, Gail has been an exceptional leader of people, a strong hospital executive and a passionate patient advocate. SIMON RODGER has been appointed to the CEO position at Nambour Selangor Private Hospital in Queensland. Simon was previously the Director of Clinical Services at The Noosa Hospital, a Hospital Executive position he held for the past 2½ years. As DCS of The Noosa Hospital, Simon has overseen the clinical delivery of services and transitioning the hospital to the 10 new National Standards of Safety and Quality. Simon joined The Noosa Hospital in 2005 and held the position of Manager of the Emergency Department from 2009 to In 2012, Simon completed the Ramsay Future Leaders Program. JENNY HAIG has been appointed to the CEO position at Donvale Rehabilitation Hospital. Jenny was previously the Physiotherapy Manager at Donvale, a position she has held for the past 11 years. As Physiotherapy Manager of Donvale, Jenny was instrumental in the diversification of Outpatient Programs, the implementation of innovative staffing structures and broadening the skills of her colleagues. In 2012, Jenny was a graduate of the Ramsay Future Leaders Program. PENELOPE MARSHALL has been appointed to role of Director of Clinical Services at Linacre Private Hospital Penelope is a Registered Nurse and Midwife having worked for Ramsay Health Care since Prior to her appointment Penelope was in the role of Nurse Unit Manager of the Surgical/ Ante Natal Ward at Frances Perry House, and prior to this worked in clinical roles in a variety of settings including PACU, Endoscopy, Birth Suites and General Wards. Recently Penelope completed a Masters in Health and Medical Law and is a Ramsay Health Care Future Leaders Program participant. JULIE ALLISON, Director of Clinical Services at Glenferrie Private Hospital since 2002, has elected to step down from her position and pursue a different path in healthcare. Julie has done a fantastic job leading the nursing and allied health care that Glenferrie is renowned for. Due in large part to Julie s efforts, Glenferrie has been at or near the top in many patient satisfaction surveys over many years. Julie will remain with Ramsay Health Care moving into Ramsay s Graduate Clinical Coding Program. In her new role, Julie will be instrumental in ensuring accurate and timely coding of medical records at a number of our Victorian hospitals. LISA MCFADDEN, DCS of The Avenue Private Hospital, has taken over the role of CEO/DCS at Glenferrie Private Hospital. Lisa s healthcare career includes working at John Flynn Private Hospital for 8½ years, many of these as the NUM of the John Flynn medical wards. Lisa then worked at Linacre Private Hospital for six years, four of which were as the Linacre Cardiac Services Manager. For the last six years, Lisa has been the DCS of The Avenue Private Hospital. MEL PAVEY has been appointed to the position of Commercial Manager Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital. Mel commenced in the finance team at Cairns Private and in 2008 was promoted to the Commercial Manager for the Ramsay Cairns group of hospitals which has grown to include Cairns Private, Cairns Day Surgery and The Cairns Clinic. After 11 years in those roles, Mel has decided it s time for a new challenge and has joined the executive team at SCUPH, where her strong financial and organisation skills will assist this hospital still in its infancy and expanding rapidly with strong public and private demand for services. More people in health and community services choose HESTA for their super Your super fund can make a lifetime of difference 3 Run only to benefit members 3 Low fees 3 A history of strong returns Super Fund of the Year H.E.S.T. Australia Ltd ABN AFSL No , the Trustee of Health Employees Superannuation Trust Australia (HESTA) ABN Product ratings are only one factor to be considered when making a decision. See for more information. Investments may go up or down. 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10 NATIONALSAFETY Lowest Lost Time Injury Rate ever Ramsay Health Care Australian hospitals achieved their lowest lost time injury rate ever in June 2014 and have gone on to better this position in July and August. The LTIFR is the Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate of the company based on a rolling 12 months of data. National Safety Manager Chanelle McEnallay said it was an incredible achievement that activity across the company was increasing but injuries were falling. The LTIFR It is one of the work health and safety KPIs and is an indicator of how serious an injury is. If injured workers do not need to lose full shifts or more, it generally indicates an injury is less serious than one requiring time off or away from work, Chanelle said. In June 2014 we set a record breaking LTIFR of 4.00 the lowest ever in the company, we then improved on that performance throughout July and for the first time achieved an LTIFR below 4 for the rolling 12 month period She singled out Joondalup Health Campus in Western Australia which has recorded five consecutive months of zero lost time injuries and the following facilities which, as at 30 June 2014 have achieved two years or more without a lost time injury: Albury Wodonga >2 years Armidale >8 years Baringa >5 years Berkeley Vale >6 years Coolenberg Clinic >3 years Dudley >7 years Figtree >2 years Hunters Hill >2 years Northside Clinic >7 years Northside Cremorne >6 years Southern Highlands >2 years Strathfield >5 years Tamara >7 years Warners Bay >3 years Attadale >5 years Murray Valley >3 years Caboolture >5 years St Andrews >2 years Overseas Internship Program at North Shore Private an Australian first L-R: International nursing students Ellinor Pick & Alice Mueller Safety competition winners announced Ramsay Health Care has recently announce the winners of the Safety Competition which ran in October Kareena and Greenslopes Private Hospital were the equal winners of first prize being $3500. Runners up were The Avenue, Warners Bay and Dudley Private Hospitals. All the winners had initiatives with group wide application, ease of use and innovation relevant to our current equipment or programs. EQUAL WINNER $3500 Kareena CSSD Refurbishment and DVD overview of initiative EQUAL WINNER $3500 Greenslopes RiskMan Easy Reference Flip Chart Equal Runner Up $2000 The Avenue Fatigue Management Initiative Equal Runner Up $2000 Warners Bay Hazardous Activities Permit Board Equal Runner Up $2000 Dudley Contractor Vests Used as Sign in Tags (dual purpose) The following entries were also HIGHLY COMMENDED and will receive $500: Kahlyn - Contractor database and management Lake Macquarie - Housekeeping System of Work Linacre - Trolley chain installed to prevent bin rolling Tamara - Electrical Safety Initiative St Andrews - CSSD Road Case Control Warringal - Linen Trolley Modification The prize money will be distributed to your facility in the coming weeks and as normal must be used within the facility to aid or promote work health and safety. The National Safety Team looks forward to receiving and viewing your entries in National Anti-Bullying Campaign Winner In April 2014 the National Safety Team launched the Ramsay Anti-Bullying Campaign which ran over five days and contained a poster competition to bring to life the issue of bullying awareness and how to stop it through a visual medium. Some wonderful entries were received with this original artwork by Ann Sheridan taking out the top prize. All facilities are able to use this entry as a poster for bullying awareness in their facility, just contact the National Safety Team for details. Well done Ann and all our entrants. NORTH SHORE PRIVATE HOSPITAL WAS DELIGHTED TO WELCOME TWO NURSING STUDENTS FROM GERMANY IN AUGUST & SEPTEMBER IN THE FIRST INTERNSHIP OF ITS KIND IN AN AUSTRALIAN HOSPITAL. Ellinor Pick and Alice Mueller are second year nursing students at the Academy for Health Professionals, Heidelberg and the University of Heidelberg, Germany s oldest tertiary institution and one of the most famous academic centres in Europe. As part of their course, they are employed as student nurses at the University Hospital, Heidelberg, one of the largest and most prestigious medical centres in the country. Nursing students in Heidelberg are able to undertake a five-week overseas internship in order to experience healthcare in another cultural setting and to develop their understanding of the nursing profession in a global context. Previous programs have been run with partnering hospitals throughout Europe and in many other parts of the world. North Shore Private Hospital was the first Australian hospital to participate in this program and both Ellinor and Alice made their first trip to the Southern Hemisphere in order to undertake the internship. The students were able to experience many aspects of Australian nursing during their placement through visits to all the clinical areas of the hospital, interviews with senior nursing staff members, participation in hospital education sessions and visits to community nursing providers and the local Aboriginal Health Unit. They were also able to learn more about Australian life through visits to museums and cultural landmarks in Sydney. It was such a pleasure to welcome overseas nursing students to North Shore Private Hospital said program co-ordinator and Cardiac Nurse Educator, Elizabeth Matters. The students were full of enthusiasm to learn and took every opportunity to make the most of their visit to Sydney. From our perspective, it was wonderful to hear about how nursing is done in Germany and to discuss the cultural and organisational differences between our two health systems. As part of a multinational company which employs health professionals all over the world, it is very important that we have a sense of our work on an international scale and develop close networks with our overseas nursing colleagues. Our participation in this program with such a well-renowned university and health institution promoted the value of international collaboration and has set a precedent for future educational opportunities in partnership with nurses from around the world. 10 The Ramsay Way

11 PEOPLE&CULTURE Rocky rocks! Hillcrest Rockhampton Private Hospital are the first Ramsay hospital Australia-wide to achieve 100% in their elearning compliance. Port Macquarie staff appreciation service awards function On Friday 18th July at the Town Green Inn in Port Macquarie, Port Macquarie Private Hospital, Hastings Day Surgery and Coolenberg Day Surgery held a Staff Appreciation Service Awards Function to recognise the outstanding contribution staff have made to the facilities. Over thirty per cent of the staff had a service length of greater than ten years which is an outstanding statistic said Paul Geddes CEO. It is a privilege to be able to recognise the staff milestones in their careers because they thoroughly deserve recognition for their commitment to our facilities and the community. They are a fantastic group and the night was a success, Paul said. Of particular note were the two employees with greater than thirty years of service being Dianne Kennedy RN who joined the organisation in 1981 and is currently the longest servicing employee and Tania Gahan Billing Officer who commenced in Dianne states that Support, working with other fantastic nurses and being part of the growth of the organisation have been her highlights whilst Tania states It is a lovely place to work and being part of the positive changes over the years has been memorable. The Ramsay Way

12 HOSPITALNEWS Robot gives women chance to conceive again DR FELIX CHAN, GYNAECOLOGY ONCOLOGIST AT WESTMEAD PRIVATE HOSPITAL UNDERTOOK THE FIRST ROBOTIC, SINGLE SITE, FALLOPIAN TUBE REVER- SAL IN AUSTRALIA IN AUGUST. IT IS EXPECTED THAT THIS NEW APPROACH TO SURGERY WILL MEAN A DAY ONLY STAY FOR THIS PROCEDURE AS WELL AS QUICKER RECOVER, SMALLER INCISION & LESS PAIN. The robotic system offers a greater range of motion and more surgical dexterity than I can obtain during the traditional laparoscopic tubal ligation reversal. Women will now be able to undergo this procedure as a day only patient and be back at home within the day and be back to a normal life pattern within a week. Robotic surgical technology gives doctors like Dr Chan new and improved ways to explore and advance their already well proven surgical techniques. Tubal reversal is a surgical procedure that attempts to restore fertility to women after a tubal ligation. By rejoining the separated segments of the fallopian tube, tubal reversal may give women the chance to become pregnant again. This procedure has been traditionally performed via a laparotomy, which involves a large incision, a 5-7 day stay in hospital and a longer recovery period (4-6 weeks before return to normal activities). Now robotic surgery offers the advantage of day only surgery, smaller incisions, less pain and a much quicker recovery. Hollywood introduces new endoscopic ultrasound HOLLYWOOD PRIVATE HOSPITAL HAS INTRODUCED A NEW ENDOSCOPIC ULTRASOUND SERVICE TO COMPLEMENT THE ESTABLISHED CANCER & GAS- TROENTEROLOGY SERVICES AT THE HOSPITAL ENABLING PATIENTS TO BE ABLE TO UNDERGO THE ENTIRE WORKUP & TREATMENT PROCESS FOR UPPER GASTROINTESTINAL PATHOLOGY AT THE CENTRE. According to leading gastroenterologist Associate Professor Ian Yusoff, the new technology means improved outcomes for cancer patients. This is the first private endoscopic ultrasound service north of the river and offers patients rapid access to state of the art imaging technology, he said. It is very exciting and is a significant step forward for Hollywood. The technology is critical in directing treatment in a number of cancers including cancer of the pancreas, bile ducts, stomach and oesophagus. It also has a role in other common cancers such as lung cancer. Because we use high frequency ultrasound and can get very close to the target organ, we are able to detect and biopsy very small lesions, down to 2-3 millimetres, meaning early detection and appropriate treatment. Associate Professor Ian Yusoff Its role is not limited to cancer and it is used widely in stone and cystic disease of the pancreas and bile ducts. Dr Yusoff said the service would hopefully improve access to this technology. It means we will be able to accurately diagnose and treat these conditions in a timely manner. Hollywood s Director of Medical Services, Dr Daniel Heredia said the new endoscopic ultrasound equipment complemented the hospital s existing services. The addition of this new service is part of a recently completed master plan and will guide the development of clinical and support services on the Hollywood site over the next decade and beyond. RAMSAYINDONESIA Indonesia achieves excellent infection control standards RAMSAY S THREE INDONESIAN HOSPITALS WERE AUDITED BY HICMR IN AUGUST 2014 & ACHIEVED EXCELLENT OUTCOMES. HICMR CEO Helen Musgrove said the hospitals had improved greatly in the 13 years since commencement of the surveys. I appreciate greatly the hard work that Ramsay s Indonesia staff have done towards achieving excellent infection control standards for their hospitals. Healthy Ramadhan Programs for the Community DURING THE FASTING MONTH FOR MOSLEMS, RAMSAY INDONESIA S PREMIER BINTARO HOSPITAL LAUNCHED A SPECIAL HEALTHY RAMADHAN PROGRAM. Supported by several Mosque communities, the Hospital conducted health talk programs for the community at Bintaro and surrounding areas and also provided free health screening. The aim of this program was to motivate participants to implement a healthy lifestyle during the fasting month and strengthen the relationship between the hospital and community in the Bintaro area. Additionally, the hospital also provided the opportunity for disadvantaged children from an orphanage to attend the fast breaking gathering and donated special gifts for the 50 orphans. 12 The Ramsay Way

13 Library news The AMH Children s Dosing Companion is now available to all facilities. Being linked to the AMH makes for a pair of drug resources which beautifully complement MIMS online and MIMS via mobile. The ACORN standards, from the Australian College of Operating Room Nurses, and constituting the specialty knowledge of the perioperative nursing community in Australia are now available. To access the Library resources, register for your personal logon at: (onsite) Congratulations Alison This month our library competition attracted 985 entries with congratulations going to Alison Walker from Peel Health Campus as winner of the ipad Air 50% discount for RHC TriPink Ramsay Health Care staff are offered a 50% discount by Triathlon Pink as the event celebrates its 9th anniversary. Triathlon Pink dates for 2014/15 are: 5 Oct 14 - Gold Coast 12 Oct14 - Sydney 9 Nov14 - Perth 30 Nov14 - Sunshine Coast 25 Jan15 - Melbourne 15 Feb15 - Brisbane 22 Mar15 - Sydney Gold Coast hosted the first event in the series on 5 Oct 14 at the Runaway Bay Sports Centre and the Sydney event was held on 12 Oct at Parramatta Park. The short course (100m swim, 3km ride, 1km run) is a great way to start or for the fitness gurus the ULTRA challenge could be for you. If you haven t already registered jump on to enter RamsayStaff as the promotion code to receive your 50% discount and register as a team, a group or an individual. The Ramsay Way

14 FUN&FITNESS Kareena sponsors Shire s largest community event Kareena Private Hospital proudly supported the 2014 Sutherland to Surf fun run, the largest Sutherland Shire community event. As a major sponsor of the event Kareena Private had over 30 staff and their families join the 11km fun run. Many staff, doctors and local GPs enjoyed a post-race BBQ under the Ramsay Health Care marquee despite the terrible weather! Hospital CEO Steve Rajcany was the first Ramsay representative across the line finishing in the top 200 (out of 6000 entrants) in just under 45 mins. Mt Wilga staff member selected for Sydney FC Women s League ALYSSA HARRIS FROM MT WILGA PRIVATE HOSPITAL HAS BEEN SELECTED FOR THE SYDNEY FC (FOOTBALL CLUB) W LEAGUE. THIS NATIONAL 12 WEEK COMPETITION TRAVELS ACROSS AUSTRALIA PLAYING TEAMS FROM EVERY STATE. The Women s World Cup will be held in June 2015, with all the Australian players in the national competition hoping for a spot on the Australian Team The Matilda s. Best team spirit Gold Coast Marathon The Ramsay Health Care Team had 142 entrants in the 2014 Gold Coast Airport Marathon won the Best Team Spirit in the Corporate Teams Challenge Award. First State Super Caring for the people who care At First State Super we believe Australians who choose careers looking after others deserve to be confident that their super is in safe hands. Join the super fund that puts members first. Call or visit Consider our product disclosure statement before making a decision about First State Super. Call us or visit our website for a copy. FSS Trustee Corporation ABN ASFL is the trustee of the First State Superannuation Scheme ABN RMW_Caring4PeopleWhoCare_250x177_1113 RMW_Caring4PeopleWhoCare_250x177_Nov13_ARTWORK.indd 1 14 The Ramsay Way /11/13 11:26 AM

15 OURCOMMUNITY City2Surf Over 300 Ramsay Health Care staff and their families participated in the 2014 Sun Herald City2Surf in Sydney in August and enjoyed the after function held at the Bondi Surf Club. Ramsay also hosted 40 staff from nib at the function. Strathfield nurses making a sweet difference EVERY DAY 350 AUSTRALIANS RECEIVE THE LIFE-SHATTERING DIAGNOSIS THEY HAVE CANCER. The good news is that survival rates for many common cancers have increased 30 per cent in the past two decades; and Australia is now at the top of the international league table next to North America and Japan when it comes to long term survival. Breast cancer five-year survival in Australia is now 89 per cent and testicular cancer more than 95 per cent, says Professor Ian Olver, CEO of Cancer Council Australia. Prostate cancer today is more like a chronic disease and many more people live with prostate cancer than die from it. Professor Olver said community donations were vital in contributing to research and care of cancer patients, and he congratulated the Strathfield Private Hospital nursing team for their contributions to Daffodil Day last month with the nurses big-hearted baking efforts raising more than $600. Big organisations [like Ramsay] can do big things because it means a whole lot of little donations get added together to help us meaningfully change the lives of Australians with cancer, says Professor Olver. For breast cancer nurse Rachel Martin, it s just a way to give back. The Cancer Council gives vital ongoing support for our patients from providing patient information packs in hospital; to wig and breast prostheses services; through to a telephone service that connects cancer patients to someone who has had a similar cancer journey. ABOVE: Helping to raise money for charity was the icing on the cake for Tyler Byrom, 4 & Strathfield Private Breast Care nurse Rachel Martin; while the Girl Guides also lent a helping hand by making bags for breast cancer patients who need to leave hospital with drains (bottom). Wear a beanie to work Hillcrest nurses are changing lives THREE HILLCREST ROCKHAMPTON PRIVATE NURSES RECENTLY JOINED A TEAM OF EIGHT AUSTRALIAN HEALTH WORKERS IN A BRIDGING HEALTH PROGRAM IN TANNA, A REMOTE ISLAND OF VANUATU. This community has inadequate resources and health care facilities to enable successful wound healing. The inaugural trip saw the Australian group travel to the town of Lenakel on Tanna and work with local and Canadian doctors and nurses at the very basic local hospital. The group provided a free wound clinic at the hospital, working out of the doctor s office, and admitting patients to the ward for further treatment. Supplies, much of which was supplied by Hillcrest Private, were carted with the group in their own luggage from Australia, which enabled much needed health care to be offered. Working in every part of the hospital alongside local staff, really helped us to establish credibility and trust, as well as to learn important cultural and resource barriers that needed to be overcome. It also helped us to learn about the local standards of care which were very different to what we experience in Australian hospitals, said Ms Lee. James of Hillcrest Private Hospital joined the group for the life-changing trip and said, This was the trip of a lifetime. I learned that health care comes in many forms and standards, and this trip had me questioning what can I do to help this person with the very limited resources I have at my disposal, said Hillcrest nurse Trudy. It was an excellent opportunity to work with more experienced nurses and learn how to practice a high standard of health care without all the modern technology and medical advances we are so used to in Australia. For more information see Hunter Cancer Centre and Lake Macquarie Private Hospital staff have once again dug deep and supported a great cause, the Mark Hughes Foundation (MHF) and the Wear a Beanie to Work day to support the Brain Cancer Research at the HMRI. Mark Hughes is a much loved former Newcastle Knights and NSW Rugby League player. He played in both of the Knights premiership winning teams in 1997 and In July 2013 after suffering intense headaches and blurred vision he was diagnosed with Grade 3 high grade Oligoastrocytoma brain cancer. His diagnosis and treatment inspired Mark and his wife to launch the MHF and raise much needed funds for more research into brain cancer. On Thursday 31st July, a collection box was carried around the hospital by none other than Mark Hughes and MHF Ambassador (and great friend of LMPH) Danny Buderus. They gladly had photos taken with staff and mingled with patients and visitors. Staff donations along with a donation from the hospital amounted to over $1500 being raised. Mark and Danny were most grateful of the effort and kind donations made by staff. The Beanies looked fabulous, even on the hottest winter day this season! Frances Perry nurses raise funds for ovarian cancer Nurses from Frances Perry s surgical unit have raised over $8000 for the Women s Cancer Foundation Legs for Eggs Walk in A trivia night fundraiser in July contributed $2000 to the total and Joh Pertzel, who vowed to cut off her hair at the trivia night if she raised $5000, raised $6000. This year, more than 1400 women in Australia alone will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Over 900 of these same women will die from the disease. The Women s Cancer Foundation is raising money for research into ovarian cancer to improve women s health and quality of life. For more information or visit: The Ramsay Way

16 OURCOMMUNITY Medical equipment donations scorecard SINCE THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE RAMSAY ROTARY BERRIMA MEDICAL EQUIPMENT DONATIONS PROGRAM, OVER NINE CONTAINERS OF MEDICAL EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES HAVE BEEN SENT TO COUNTRIES INCLUDING FIJI, SAMOA, VIETNAM, PAPUA NEW GUINEA, PHILIPPINES & MOZAMBIQUE. Rotary clubs around Australia have banded together to support the project sharing resources, containers space, volunteers and other donations. Recently 830 cartons of Ramsay gowns together with 67 cartons containing sewing machines, computers and books were shipped to the Rotary Club of Iligan East in the Philippines for distribution to the Days for Girls International programme. Previously two 20ft containers sent to Vietnam and the Philippines recently with the assistance of the Rotary Club of Mosman, each contained 660 cartons of gowns and 2 anaesthetic machines. Two ultrasound machines will soon be heading to PNG. In recent months the following equipment has been delivered for reuse in overseas communities: A hydraulic operating bed donated from Southern Highlands Private Hospital to the Phillipines A traction table donated from Nowra Private to the Philippines Equipment used to sterilise gastroscopes and colonoscopes donated by Greenslopes Private to Sri Lanka and four Joyce beds from Greenslopes ICU are heading to Papua New Guinea An echocardiography ultrasound machine with two transducers are destined for the Village Health program in Philippines Pre-natal examinations equipment are heading to the Solomon Island Medical Centre The following items are awaiting final destinations: 15 medicraft electric beds from Joondalup Health Campus CPAP whisper flow and oxygen sensor from Waverley Private 1 training bed from Greenslopes Private To date the Ramsay/Rotary donations have improved the lives of people in many countries including Fiji, PNG, Mozambique, Philippines, Solomon Islands. Sri Lanka and Vietnam. If your hospital has any equipment to donate to the program please contact Sue Panuccio on: Rotary Club of Berrima District Give Me 5 for Kids The inaugural Mildura Base Hospital Walkathon has capped off another hugely successful Radio 97.9 Sun FM Give Me 5 For Kids campaign in the city. Walkers strode it out for two laps of a figure-eight circuit from Langtree Mall in the city centre in July, with many donning a yellow outfit to show their support for the campaign. The walkathon organised by MBH staff and the Community Advisory Board will become an annual feature of Give Me 5 For Kids, which this year again lifted the bar in raising funds for the MBH Children s Ward. 16 The Ramsay Way

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