HOSPITALNEWS Baby George & his mum Andrea, with the hospital’s cord A-team - collector Jami Rothwell & registered midwife Emma Robinson. 6 The Ramsay Way - 2013 | 04 ST GEORGE PRIVATE HOSPITAL HAS ONCE AGAIN WON THE COVETED BLEEDSLOE CUP – FOR PROCURING MORE CORD BLOOD DONATIONS FOR THE SYDNEY CORD BLOOD BANK THAN ANY OTHER NSW HOSPITAL. The win is a hat trick for St George, which also won the cup in 2011 and 2012. Cord blood, which is extracted from the umbilical cord and placenta after birth, is a rich source of stem cells that can treat a range of life-threatening illnesses including acute and chronic leukaemia, haematological malignancies and immune deficiency. For St George Private mum Andrea Andreou, 30,there was no hesitation in donating cord blood from little George, born at St George in November. Andrea, who has dermatomyositis – a form of the muscle wasting disease muscular dystrophy – knows first-hand what it is like to live with a life-threatening condition that can affect the muscles, lung and heart – almost every part of the body. “There is no cure, but luckily I’m in remission and my motto is to always stay positive. “Over the years I feel so lucky to have had wonderful friends, family and medical staff hold my hand on my own medical journey, and I would just like to think that we might be able to contribute something back and help another little life.” The Sydney Children’s Hospital Network has applauded St George for its win. “During 2012-2013, St George Private Hospital collected 299 cord blood units. The Sydney Cord Blood Bank released 27 cord blood units in 2012-2103 for life-saving transplants 10 of which were collected from St George Private. “We would like to acknowledge and sincerely thank the team at SGPH, the many families who have donated their cord blood and the dedicated cord blood couriers from Inner Wheel Clubs of Sutherland, Port Hacking and Kogarah Rotary for their outstanding support and commitment of public cord blood donation. “Congratulations to SGPH on this exciting success.” The Bleedsloe Cup remains on proud display in the delivery suite. PINDARA PRIVATE HOSPITAL HAS WON THE INAUGURAL HEALTH & WELLBEING AWARD IN THE PRESTIGIOUS GOLD COAST BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS HELD ON 30 NOVEMBER 2013. The Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards commenced in 1996 and have since grown to be recognised as the biggest, most comprehensive and prestigious business excellence awards on the Gold Coast. This year the awards, which recognise and celebrate leading businesses in the region, included a Healthcare category for the first time. Pindara CEO, Trish Hogan acknowledged the outstanding efforts of her staff when receiving the award. I WOULD JUST LIKE TO THINK THAT WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO CONTRIBUTE SOMETHING BACK AND HELP ANOTHER LITTLE LIFE Pindara Private Hospital CEO Trish Hogan (L) accompanied by Robbie Falconer Pindara Business Development & Marketing Manager receive the inaugural Health & Wellbeing Award at the annual Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards from Bert van Manen, the Federal MP for Forde. “Pindara Private Hospital has been servicing the needs of our community for more than 40 years; our staff are highly professional and work hard to ensure we continue to deliver the highest standard of care to our patients,” Trish said. “2013 has been a great year for us and 2014 will be even better as our Stage 2 expansion is completed. “This project will not only increase our bed capacity but also improve our patient support infrastructure so that we can continue to grow in line with Ramsay Health Care’s masterplan for Pindara.” “The future is looking very exciting for Pindara.” DR PETER CHIN, UROLOGICAL SURGEON AT FIGTREE PRIVATE HOSPITAL IS AMONGST THE FIRST UROLOGISTS IN AUSTRALIA TO TREAT PATIENTS WITH THE FIRST PERMANENT IMPLANT TO TREAT SYMPTOMS DUE TO URINARY OUTFLOW OBSTRUCTION SECONDARY TO BENIGN HYPERPLASIA (BPH) IN MEN 50 YEARS OF AGE & OLDER. THE UROLOGICAL PROCEDURE PROVIDES A LESS INVASIVE ALTERNATIVE TO TREATING AN ENLARGED PROSTATE. Dr Chin started his work with the UroLift System almost 8 years ago after being approached by the Australian Clinical Research ‘Five Corners’ to be involved in the new treatment development. The first ever UroLift procedures were performed in 2005 at Figtree Private Hospital with impressive results. Regulatory approval for the UroLift System was given in 2010 based on the positive outcomes of the research Dr Chin and his colleagues received. Recently the UroLift System was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, while Dr Chin currently tours the country training other Urologists in the new revolutionary procedure. WA Health Minister Kim Hames and Premier Colin Barnett announced recently the newly-dubbed Perth Children’s Hospital would receive an extra 24 beds, increasing its total from 274 to 298. Dr Hames said six peripheral hospitals, including Peel Health Campus, would help relieve the pressure by providing secondary beds, with the Mandurah hospital expected to use its paediatric ward to full capacity. “It is important that there are paediatric beds in the suburbs close to where families live to provide convenient and high-quality health care for less complex medical cases.” By George we’ve done it! Pindara wins prestigious Gold Coast Business Award Figtree urologist leads the way Peel helps out for kids Clinical Nurse Manager Wendy Singleton, 10-month-old Nathan Myint Soe & Clinical Nurse Specialist Debra Carruthers in the Peel Health Campus paediatric ward. The State Government has enlisted the support of Peel Health Campus in order to cope with the projected demand for beds in its new children’s hospital.
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