It has been another year of growth for the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation with its commitment to supporting patient services at Bundaberg Hospital having increased by 102%.
In the past financial year, the foundation has provided $91,544 back to the Hospital through equipment (non-government funded) purchases, health project support and nurse training.
This is an increase from $48,861 in the 2011-2012 year.
Foundation Chair Janet Tallon said this was an excellent result and the support of our local communities has been extremely generous given the natural disasters faced in recent years.
“And of course patients and staff are the big winners having benefited from the provision of these services.”
The Foundation’s ongoing commitment to Rotary Lodge is also evident in the outlaying of $43,977 in expenses to keep the facility operational for those many people in the North Burnett and even other parts of Queensland who either receive treatment at Bundaberg Hospital or are escorting a loved one.
“This could not have been achieved without the support of the North Burnett and Bundaberg community groups and individuals who so generously donate to our Naming Rights Challenge.”
Mrs Tallon said that government funding provided essential health services but it could not pay for everything and so the Foundation’s role was to fill the gap, to provide those extras that help patents receive the best health care possible.
Various departments have benefit from equipment purchases including Paediatric, Family Unit, Special Care Nursery, Nurse Education, Palliative Care, Cancer Care, the Community Hospital Interface Program amongst others.
“The Foundation also prides itself on the fact that 100% of money donated specifically for equipment purchases is guaranteed to go to the purpose intended,” she said.
“This would not be possible without the support of the Board members, those groups and individuals who hold fundraisers or support our funding applications,” she said. “It’s also thanks to our wonderful volunteers who give so much of their time to assist us in our mission.”
The Foundation has recently undertaken is annual reporting requirements which were successfully tabled in Parliament by the Health Minister the Honourable Lawrence Springborg in mid-October.
Foundation’s strategic direction
Mrs Tallon said the Foundation, in conjunction with the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service District executive (in particular those at Bundaberg Hospital) and the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Board, the Foundation will continue, where possible, to support initiatives aimed at better improving services for our community.
“Once again I’d like to thank everyone who has supported our work and we will continue to ensure donated funds are used to best serve the health services and it community members.”