Lego fundraiser

The Bricks to the World fundraiser raised more than $11,000 for Central Gippsland Health this year.

 The money has been put towards purchasing a portable ultrasound machine for the Dialysis Unit and a wheelchair for Medical Imaging.

 CGH Chief Executive Frank Evans thanked event organiser Brad Spunner and his family for holding the fundraiser in the Maffra Hall.

 “It’s a fantastic effort and much appreciated,” Frank said.

 Frank is pictured below with Brad, Lily and Harri Spunner, Maxine Raine from Medical Imaging and Dialysis Manager Wendy Yarram along with dialysis patient, Judy Cummings.
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Children visit Laurina Lodge

Cowwarr Primary School children put smiles on the faces of residents of Laurina Lodge, playing their recorders and guitars, and singing songs.

The children and the residents then chatted and read books together with the students giving residents handmade Christmas cards and flowers.

The children enjoyed cool refreshments of oranges, cold drinks, a bag of lollies and an icy pole to have at the park on the way home.

The residents were thrilled by the visit, impressed by the “lovely manners” displayed by the children. One resident is now making a scarf for one of the children as she had such a wonderful time talking with him.


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Festivities at Stretton Park

Stretton Park residents have had a busy month with our pictures capturing some of the festivities.

The Christmas Decoration Day at Stretton Park was on 30tNovember. Special thanks to Janet and Rohan Berry for volunteering to help put up decorations.

A special effort went into the table setting for the  Stretton Park Christmas Party on 15 December with residents enjoying the festive celebrations along with family and friends.


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Long service awards

CGH staff were honoured for their long service at the annual Staff Lunch and Awards Ceremony this week.

 They included Susan Marden (Medical Ward) 40 years, Margie Grant (Pharmacy) 30 years, Pam Phillips (Medical Records) 30 years, Wendy Yarram (Dialysis) 30 years, Deb Hogarty (Surgical) 30 years, Colleen Felmingham (Environmental Services) 30 years, Linda Glover (Women & Children’s) 30 years, Nancy Hogan (Pharmacy), Diane Bedggood (Aged Care) 30 years and Kerry Ashlin (Heyfield Hospital) 30 years.


Pictured above are (from left) 30-year recipients with CGH Chief Executive Frank Evans: Colleen Felmingham, Diane Bedggood, Margie Grant, Pam Phillips, Nancy Hogan, Wendy Yarram and Deb Hogarty.

Pictured clockwise from below left are recipients: Margie Grant (Pharmacy) 30 years, Pam Phillips (Medical Records) 30 years, Deb Hogarty (Surgical) 30 years and Colleen Felmingham (Environmental Services) 30 years.



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And the winner is …

Payroll won the 2017 Central Gippsland Health Christmas Decoration Competition.

Maffra Hospital took out second place, followed by the Emergency Department third.

Special mentions went to Medical Ward, Maternal & Child Health, Community Service Room 163, Medical Imaging, Dialysis, Dental and Allied Health.

Thank you to everyone for their wonderful effort which is spreading Christmas cheer through all CGH campuses.

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Eating mangoes has multi-benefits

Mango Fundraiser 2017  (3).jpgMangoes have been on the menu for lots of Central Gippsland Health staff.

 Not only are they a healthy food but by buying them, everyone is helping to raise funds for the Special Care Nursery.

 CGH Health Promotion Worker, Linde Coggan (pictured above), said this is the first year CGH had taken part in the “Mango Fundraiser”.

 “We sold 160 trays and raised $880 for the nursery,” Linde said. “The fundraising was supported by the CGH Health and Wellbeing Group and follows our Healthy Eating policy guidelines around healthy fundraising activities.

 “We are hoping to promote the mango fundraiser as an annual CGH fundraising activity and encourage others to consider healthy fundraising options as a viable option as well.”

 Linde said while the activity was open to all staff, it was supported by outside orders too.

The Mango Fundraiser only use Bowen Special Mangoes which are more formally known as Kensington Pride Mangoes.  They are packed in a single layer tray, with approximately 7kg of Mangoes per tray.  The number of mangoes per tray depends on the size of the fruit, and may vary from 12 large mangoes up to 23 small Mangoes.

As well as having a great taste, mangoes are packed with nutritional goodness – Vitamin C (one Mango contains your recommended daily allowance), Vitamin E, Beta-Carotene, antioxidants, Potassium and B Vitamins.  They are low in fat and Cholesterol free.

When you buy mangoes from the Mango Fundraiser, you know the fruit is coming directly from the farm to you.  Your mangoes aren’t being held for long periods in storage or ripening rooms.

Linde said the success of the fundraiser meant it could become an annual event.

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CGH staff helping to make a difference

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Two Central Gippsland Health staff are members of the Red Knights Chapter 6 Motorcycle Club who supports many local initiatives including CGH.

They are Radiographer, Teresa Roberts (pictured above) and Associate Nurse Unit Manager, Jade Beechey.

The Red Knights comprises members of the fire services and their families, who enjoy riding motorcycles. Its mission is to promote motorcycle safety, to project a positive image of motorcycling, to enjoy the fraternity of firefighters, to engage exclusively in social, charitable and educational activities directed at increasing the general understanding, enjoyment, competency, sportsmanship and participation in the sport of motorcycling

Teresa said the local club’s current project was to raise funds for the purchase of a new HiLo bed ($3200) for Sale Elderly Citizens Village. 

 “This year our Chapter also donated $1000 to each of the Sale Toy Run, Bairnsdale Toy Run and Latrobe Valley Toy Run which provides toys etc for needy children in the local area,” she said. 

  Unfortunately Teresa missed out riding in this year’s event because of an injury.

 Teresa is also involved in Shepherds Australia whose latest project is to help Emily, an eight-year-old from Morwell, who has a rare salivary gland tumour.

 “Recent tests have shown that it has now grown over her lymph node and is rapidly affecting her facial nerve,” she said. “Apparently the only surgeons qualified to operate are in Sydney so we are trying to raise $15000 to help pay for the surgery.” 

 There is a community fundraiser on Saturday 6 January 2018 at Coal Creek Community Park and Museum, Korumburra ( ). See poster below.

 “Any support would be appreciated,” Teresa said.

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