Partners in Care Together, the Wide Bay Hospital Foundation, recently released its 2022-23 Annual Report, showcasing significant milestones and contributions in support of the Wide Bay region.
The Foundation funded 99 vital pieces of patient equipment valued at more than $106,073, including a movement assessment tool for children, a jaundice meter, a bladder scanner, and a car for patient transportation.
During the 2022-23 period, the car completed 2,189 trips for patients travelling to and from the hospital for treatment.
More than 70 volunteers contributed to 15 programs over the year to support, improve, and promote public healthcare.
The Foundation also awarded $8,500 in scholarships to support further education and training for nurses to improve services through the Bundaberg Base Hospital.
Chair of Partners in Care Together Trish Mears said this year the Foundation celebrated 20 years of the Winnie May Scholarship, which had assisted over 40 Bundaberg Hospital nursing recipients to continue their professional development.
“Recognising our nurses is such an important part of the Foundation’s work,” Trish said.
“We are very grateful to the families who have made these scholarships possible.
“We are now looking forward to expanding the scholarships to other areas of the WHHS footprint where there is a desire to foster professional development of hospital staff.”
Neenu Johnai received a nursing scholarship this year and said she was honoured to be a recipient.
“Being a nurse, I believe that skills, attitude and knowledge are essential in thriving for excellence in nursing,” Neenu said.
“Besides experience, education plays a vital role in empowering every nurse in these key components.
“It's a great help and support to me and it will definitely inspire more nurses working in BBH to focus on career development, chase their dreams.”
Minister for Health, Mental Health, and Ambulance Services Shannon Fentiman said hospital foundations like Partners in Care played a crucial role in supporting communities.
“The work Partners in Care Together have achieved over the past 12 months to improve the health experience for patients and staff is incredible,” Shannon said.
This year, the Foundation expanded their support, which now extends beyond the Bundaberg Base Hospital precinct to encompass the entire Wide Bay Hospital and Health Services area.
With this expansion, new partnership and funding opportunities are expected across the region, allowing local auxiliaries and fundraising groups to benefit from collaborating with this well-established Foundation.
Plans for a Giving Day, aimed at directly benefiting donor communities, are on the horizon, and the Foundation welcomes corporate support.