Waranga Health campus officially opened
Goulburn Valley Health’s Waranga Campus in Rushworth was officially opened on Tuesday by Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp. The $10 million redevelopment brings together all of Rushworth’s acute, primary and community health, and aged care services under one roof.
The complex houses new office, administration, reception, storage, consulting and activity areas, as well as a new dining room and laundry facilities and an outdoor area with BBQ. A new front entrance also makes access easier for patients, staff and visitors.
Previously, the Waranga Health campus was split over two sites at the Waranga Aged Care Hostel, and the Waranga Memorial Hospital and Nursing Home.
Prior to the official opening, the audience was addressed by GV Heath CEO Matt Sharp, Chair of GV Health Board Rebecca Woolstonecroft and Chair of the Reference Group Clem Furphy, who noted that Mr Gepp had turned the first sod of the planned project in 2017.
Clem thanked the GV Health Board for ongoing support and also acknowledged local community input over many years. The fundraising efforts of the Hospital Auxiliary and Friends of the Hostel as well as donations from the Rushworth and District Community Bank and the Rushworth Lions Club have all contributed to the end result.
Clem thanked members of the reference group, especially acknowledging Elizabeth Perry for her passionate support of health services in Rushworth.
Finally, Clem congratulated the staff, noting that even as old infrastructure declined, the quality of care never did, with patients’ wellbeing continuing to be foremost even through the challenges of the relocation.
As a footnote Clem had a message for the politicians present. He brought their attention to a local need for emergency care, noting that it could take up to an hour for an ambulance to attend. While we have a state of the art hospital facility in the main street, we still need to have basic emergency first aid care available.
Plenty of action at the site of the new hospital/hostel
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