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Bass Coast Health – New Integrated Health Service

On 1 July, Bass Coast Health was Formed through the Integration of Bass Coast Regional Health and Bass Coast Community Health Service.

This was the result of more than 18 months of planning work following a request by the Board of Bass Coast Community Health Service that the two organisations integrate to become one.

The two organisations have come together based on a number of principles, among them to enhance community based health service integration across the Bass Coast Shire and a commitment to grow and develop the service into the future. The range of services now provided by the one organisation will also boost the linkages with the range of acute and subacute hospital based services which are growing to meet the broader needs of the Gippsland South Coast area.

Bass Coast Health provides services across 10 sites in Wonthaggi, San Remo, Cowes, Inverloch, Grantville and Corinella.

The Board for the new organisation was approved by the Minister for Health and commenced on 1 July. The Board Members are:

Jeff Bennett (elected as Chair), Peter Laydon (elected as Deputy Chair), Sandy Bell, Keith Finney, Neville Goodwin, Christine Hammond, Peter Harcourt, Margaret Javis, Mim Kershaw, Mary O’Connor and Tony Quinlan.

Both Mim Kershaw and Christine Hammond were previous Directors of Bass Coast Community Health Service and they join the previous Bass Coast Regional Health members to make up the new Board.

The Board has now appointed a new Chief Executive Officer to replace Lea Pope, who announced her pending resignation earlier this year. Veronica Jamison, who will commence on 8 October, is currently the CEO at Dianella Community Health Service in the City of Hume and prior to that was CEO or Boort District Health. She has a broad range of experience in rural and metropolitan health services and will bring extensive experience to the role.

Our new logo signifies the interconnectedness of all the services we provide. Our services not only need to connect and interact smoothly with each other, but also with those provided by our many partners in the community. We will continue to work hard on those relationships and connections as our services grow and develop over time

As well as the Board and Executive, our Community Advisory Group had input into the selection of the logo. It is difficult to achieve a graphic which is meaningful and which over time becomes instantly recognisable as belonging to the organisation. We hope that we have been able to achieve that.

Any queries can be directed to the Chief Executive Officer on 56713209

Bass Coast Health
Graham Street (PO Box 120), Wonthaggi Vic. 3995
Telephone: (03) 5671 3333
Facsimile: (03) 5671 3300

Bass Coast Health is the major public healthcare provider within the Bass Coast Shire in South Gippsland. The service has provided quality service and care for residents of the Bass Coast Shire for over 90 years. It is an integrated health service providing a range of acute, sub-acute, ancillary medical, aged and ambulatory care services. The 54 bed hospital is fully equipped to offer a broad range of specialist medical, surgical and obstetric services including orthopaedics, ophthalmology, gynaecology, paediatrics, urology and rehabilitation.

Aged residential services are provided in the 30 bed Armitage House Nursing Home, 30 bed Kirrak House Nursing Home and 29 bed Griffiths Point Lodge Hostel..... [continued]





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