Geoff Adams – 40 years service! On the 16th of September 2016 Geoff Adams joined the elite 40 year club and may well be one of Ramsay Australia’s longest serving employees. Geoff currently holds a number of portfolios including National Environment Manager, National Property Infrastructure Advisor and Greenslopes Property and Infrastructure Advisor (where he is based). Geoff is a chartered Engineer and his background is Biomedical Engineering. Throughout his distinguished service Geoff has also been involved in Hospital Facilities Management, Infrastructure Risk Management, and more recently in Environmental Management (including responsibility for our Government reports on energy consumption, water consumption, waste and emissions). Geoff is also passionate about trying to find efficiency gains in energy. Geoff is fundamental to a number of critical areas of Ramsay and brings integrity, expertise and a wealth of knowledge and experience to the National group. Congratulations Geoff and thank you for so many years of loyal service, we look forward to all those that are yet to come. The Ramsay Way 2016 | 04 17 RAMSAY PEOPLE Tributes flow for Dane Huxley Ramsay Health Care remembers Dane Huxley who passed away on Friday, 14 October following illness. Tributes flowed in Melbourne and Mildura for the business leader with over 500 attending his funeral in Melbourne in October. Dane served an outstanding 16 year career with Ramsay Health Care being the first CEO of Mildura Base Hospital and serving as CEO of this busy regional facility for the majority of his time with Ramsay. He also held the role of CEO at a number of other Ramsay hospitals including Warringal Private Hospital in Melbourne and Albury Wodonga Private Hospital in Albury. In Mildura, Dane ensured that the Sunraysia community had a well-functioning, valuable hospital which served the community with excellent medical, surgical, maternity, emergency and mental health services. He worked tirelessly with local and state governments as well as community organisations, to ensure the best for the Mildura community. He was a high standing community citizen, serving on several external committees and boards. Dane assisted Ramsay Health Care with many other national and international projects, and his experience in hospital management was highly regarded. His knowledge and management skills will be greatly missed but most of all he will be missed as a very good friend and colleague to many Ramsay employees around the country and the world. Kate Lim – 2015 Ramsay Health Mildura Scholarship The $5000 scholarship, funded by Ramsay Health, is awarded each year by La Trobe University to one of its Mildura-based nursing students. This year, the scholarship was awarded to Kate Lim. What inspired you to pursue a career in nursing? I always had a desire to care for people at their most vulnerable and I was also interested in overseas mission and aid work. I thought nursing would be a skill to contribute to that in future. What are your hopes about where your career will take you? I am doing my Graduate Year in Paediatrics, so in the next few years I am just hoping to solidify my nursing skills, then do some overseas aid work once I am more confident and autonomous in my role. Have your studies reaffirmed your choice was the right one? I really wasn’t sure which way I would go in nursing. But I was selected for the Ramsay Health Scholarship just after I found out I had been approved for a nine-week placement at the Royal Children’s Hospital. It meant I could live in Melbourne and make full use of that placement – and I was hooked! I am passionate about paediatric care, both the special care nursery caring for very young babies and children, and also in child and adolescent nursing, which goes up to teenage patients. It’s challenging but it is definitely rewarding – you can really see children respond to the care they are receiving and the interventions you are putting in place. Did the scholarship help you? Just having Mildura Base Hospital and Ramsay Health recognise and invest in undergraduate nursing students is pretty great. Nursing is a greatly respected profession now, one of the most trusted health professions in Australia and I think initiatives like this help. Having the Bachelor of Nursing available here at La Trobe Mildura was fantastic because I could study at home, but, also, regional students get great access to lecturers and placement opportunities. Being selected for that great scholarship was a practical help and a confidence booster. It’s really impacted on my life in so many ways and opened pathways that wouldn’t have been there without that financial assistance – I really appreciate it. Orthopeadic surgeon takes out top Award Specialist Orthopaedic Knee Surgeon at Pindara Private Hospital, Dr Christopher Vertullo recently won the Best Paper Award at the Asia Pacific Knee, Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine Society Annual Science (APKASS) meeting in Hong Kong. APKASS is the peak organisation for knee surgery for many countries around the world and the Best Paper Award was one of only two awards granted at their annual congress. Dr Vertullo received the award for his paper titled ‘Hamstring morphology and strength remain altered two years following a Hamstring Graft in ACL reconstruction’ which has added to the research base for the field of knee reconstruction. Dr Vertullo said that this award meant a lot to him and his colleagues “This is recognition for the great work Knee Research Australia and the Menzies Health Institute at Griffith University are doing. The research formed part of Jason Konrath’s PhD and I am very excited for him as well,” said Dr Vertullo. In a statement, a representative from APKASS said that the awards are dedicated to distinguished researchers whose work has contributed to better understanding and communication within fields of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. Dr Chris Vertullo accepting the award.
The Ramsay Way - 2016 Christmas Edition
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