Lithgow Private Hospital held an appreciation day for their nurses and multidisciplinary staff as well as an afternoon tea for Lithgow Quota on International Nurses Day.
The event that took place at the hospital on Wednesday, May 12 was to show their nurses just how much they meant to the community after a tumultuous 12 months.
Nurse and Chief Executive Officer Sonia Jones said they were ecstatic at the generosity Lithgow Quota has shown them over the years.
Lithgow Quota has donated the private hospital with an ECG machine, Vital Signs monitor and a septoplasty instrument tray.
"This equipment and instrumentation really is a huge benefit to the community and we share the equipment and instrumentation with the public hospital so that the patients most in need benefit from having their surgery locally rather than needing to go out of town for their surgical needs," she said.
As Sonia thanked her nurses, administration staff and multi discipline team, she also spoke about the instrumental work nurse Florence Nightingale did in celebration of her 201st birthday.
"I need to thank our nurses for their healing hands and hearts, especially with the work you have all been doing during pandemic," she said.
"Also to our multidisciplinary staff and Quota, we wouldn't be able to provide the safe and high-quality care without your help and support."
Sonia then proceeded to hand out certificates of excellence to the following staff members:
- Pamela Bender
- Denise Boardman
- Evonne Flynn
- Sonja Weekes
- Jo Thornton
- Natalie Kinniburgh
- Courtney Baxter
- Kylie Pearce
- Candice Maggs
- Donna Hatch
- David Hutton
- Maureen Boyd-Skinner
There were other awards for other staff not present on the day thanking them for their hard work during the pandemic.
Pamela Bender has worked at Lithgow Private Hospital for the past 17 years and can see herself retiring at the hospital.
"Lithgow Private is a not-for-profit organisation, so all of the money we get just goes straight back into the hospital, and it is a really, really nice place to work," she said.
Lithgow Quota President Noela Williams said that they were more than happy to help out when they are needed.
"As surgical equipment and instrumentation needs to be replaced or added we have been able to support our local private hospital," she said.
"If you ever need something please just reach out straight away and we can see what we can do."
Noela said she would love to see some new members join Quota as they meet every Tuesday at Fatima Hall at 7.30pm.
"All our donations come from hours of fundraising, we will hold a craft fair in October, another trivia night, we are all part of committee's that have functions to raise funds and we have a street stall once a month," she said.
Lunch, cake and a beautiful food platter was then on offer for everyone to enjoy, including Lithgow Hospital board members Tim Le Fevre and Andrew Evetts who had the chance to mingle with the members of the community.
To close out the celebrations the nurses then did their annual Florence Nightingale pledge in front of the Quota ladies and multidisciplinary staff , which brought back memories for Quota member Margaret, who was a nurse herself back in the day.
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