STAWELL - Stawell Regional Health recognised another successful year at its annual general meeting.
Media Buyer Harold Mitchell was guest speaker at the annual general meeting, which saw a number of staff recognised for their service.
Mr Mitchell spoke of the positive impact Stawell Regional Health had on him along with the challenges of leadership and the global economic outlook.
Mr Mitchell was recently honoured with Victorian Australian of the Year for his wide support of causes.
Over the course of the meeting awards of Life Governship and years of service were presented.
Joy Seeary received a Life Governorship award for her contribution as part of the Hospital Ladies Auxiliary. Born and raised in Western Australia, Mrs Seeary retired to Stawell in 1996.
She joined the Golf Bowls Club to get to know the locals and said the last ten years as part of the Auxiliary had been a pleasure.
"In 2002 I joined the Ladies Hospital Auxiliary and it has been a pleasure to work with such a band of ladies, raising money for our hospital needs," she said.
Neville Dunn also received Life Governorship along with Doreen Bibby who became a member of the Hospital Ladies Auxiliary in 2002.
In that time Doreen served two years as secretary and two years as president.
Stawell Regional Health chief executive officer, Rohan Fitzgerald said Doreen had been a tremendous advocate of the hospital for many years.
"As president she provided strong leadership and was dedicated to supporting the hospital through fundraising activities," he said.
Helen Kennedy was recognised for her ten years of service to Stawell Regional Health.
Ms Kennedy's role as a registered nurse in the preadmission clinic involves assessing patients before their surgery.
"Helen commenced at SRH in 2002 before the upgrade of the hospital," Mr Fitzgerald said.
"She worked in the old Accident and Emergency department with very small clinic facilities.
"Helen's goal is to provide the best preadmission clinic services in the region. The preadmission clinic aims to minimise the risk to patients during the surgical process.
"Helen and her team see approximately 150-160 patients per month.
"When Helen commenced at SRH the Anaesthetists saw nearly all the patients, now they see approximately 20-25 per month.
"Helen also works closely with the surgeons and organises some of their patient lists."
Kathleen McClintock commenced at Stawell Regional Health in 2002 as the second podiatrist.
She was also recognised for her ten years of service.
Mrs McClintock who spent 23 years in private practice has since participated on a number of state and national bodies.
She spent two years as Australian Podiatry Association Liaison Officer to Latrobe University
She currently has a five year appointment as a sitting member of Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, Occupational and Business Division.
"In her role at SRH, Kath has mentored new graduates both at SRH and neighbouring hospitals," Mr Fitzgerald said.
"She was also a member of the Quality Assurance committee for five years, is the Allied Health coordinator for Early Intervention in Chronic Disease Management and has recently become secretary of the Skin Integrity Committee."
Unable to attend the meeting, Shirley Mewett received a 20 year Service Badge and Carolynne Johnston received a 10 year service badge.