Julie Stephenson, Bree Brown and Natalie Genders.
40th birthday inspires
twenties theme at
Port Macquarie Private Hospital has celebrated
its 40th anniversary with a Great Gatsby inspired
function with past and present staff, doctors and
25 staff were recognised with years of service awards;
11 of those have worked for the hospital for between
20 and 35 years each.
Tania Gahan was presented with an award for 35 years
She began working at Port Macquarie Private Hospital
in 1983 at the age of 17, and has had various roles in the
administration and billing departments.
During her 35 year career, Tania has also made many
lifetime friendships with work colleagues.
The function was a great occasion to mark the milestone
birthday and celebrate the dedicated team at the hospital.
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Hospital Early Parenting
Centre turns one
It’s been exactly a year since WA’s newest
parenting centre opened its doors – and mums
have been lining up in droves, with growing
numbers seeking help.
Ramsay Health Care’s Glengarry Private Hospital is a
newcomer to the parental support market, with its Early
Parenting Centre (EPC) offering a more ‘gentle’ approach
to common issues like sleep and feeding.
Clinical Nurse Manager Miriam Krouzecky said the centre
was developed following three years of planning after
the hospital identified a real need for another residential
parenting service in Perth.
“Parenting is one of the few jobs in life that doesn’t come
with a manual,” she said. “I am not at all surprised by
the demand in our first year – we have had nearly 300
admissions to the centre already.”
Ms Krouzecky said that over four days and nights, parents
with babies from six weeks to a year old, who aren’t yet
walking, are coached by EPC staff on how to read their
babies cues, to help them to sleep and settle, feed and play.
New mum Elspeth Anderson also said sheer exhaustion
drove her to seek help from the EPC after she struggled
with getting her baby Harvey to sleep: “Since he was born
he was not a fantastic sleeper and it just got to a point
where I could not quite cope any more with the lack of sleep
and I just needed support,” she said. “Being a first-time
mum, you can read the books, but you’re not really going to
get that first-hand information support that you get from a
place like this.”
St Leonards Clinic
Northside Group St Leonards Clinic has welcomed
almost 10,000 patients through its doors in the
first 12 months of opening.
During the first year, the facility hosted 1,545 inpatients and
8,389 day patients, as well as many Ramsay-based and
external meetings, and almost-weekly tours of the facility.
Northside Group CEO Anne Mortimer said the vision of
building a world-class state-of-the-art facility has certainly
come to fruition.
The hospital is receiving regular feedback from patients and
their families about the beautiful dining room, art studio,
large gymnasium, pockets of green space and tranquil
Hollywood Private Hospital celebrates 25 years
The purchase of Hollywood Private Hospital 25 years ago was a turning point in the life of Ramsay
Health Care Founder, Paul Ramsay, and it also changed the landscape of private health care in WA.
That day in 1994 was pivotal in Ramsay Health Care
becoming the biggest private hospital operator in the
country, and setting Hollywood on a course to becoming the
largest private hospital in the state.
When the late Paul Ramsay bought the Repatriation General
Hospital from the Commonwealth Government, he did
more than acquire a 300-bed hospital – he purchased an
important piece of WA history.
The facility was originally built during the Second World War
to care for Australian service personnel.
Hollywood Private Hospital Chief Executive Officer, Peter
Mott, said the hospital had grown exponentially over the
past 25 years.
“Since becoming part of Ramsay Health Care, we’ve
doubled our bed numbers going from 300 beds to more
than 700 making us the biggest private hospital in WA,”
Mr Mott said.
“In the past five years alone, the hospital has doubled
its theatre capacity and substantially increased patient
admission year on year.
“During the same period the hospital has extended
its Hollywood Clinic mental health facility by 30 beds,
commissioned our Anne Leach Wing comprising an
additional 90 surgical beds and opened 10 additional
Mr Mott said the hospital was also considered a leader in
research and technology.
“We have around 130 research projects currently underway
at Hollywood across a multitude of specialties,” Mr Mott said.
“We’ve recently commissioned four new ultra-high definition
operating theatres,” he said. “This follows several other
major investments we’ve made in recent years, including
the Da Vinci Xi robot, the most advanced surgical system in
the state, along with the installation of an intra-operative CT
scanner in the operating theatre complex.”
Mr Mott said the hospital would continue to go from strength
to strength with exciting plans for growth in the near future.
“The next major development already underway is the
Hollywood Consulting Centre, which is comprised of
a fully integrated comprehensive cancer centre, a new
gastroenterology unit and 280 car bays, due for completion
next year. We are also in the process of expanding our
mental health services," he said.
Hollywood celebrated its 25th anniversary at a number
of functions, including the annual Loyalty Awards, which
recognise long serving staff and a celebratory lunch where
the Executive served meals to staff. The celebrations
culminated in a special cocktail party attended by doctors
Frances Hoskins and baby Theo at the Glengarry Early Parenting
Centre working on improving sleep.
Tania Gahan, Frances Sargeant and Jo Moss.