A very important day in our calendar at St Vincent’s Private Hospital Toowoomba is Foundation Day. This is where our staff and volunteers are recognised for their long and dedicated service and this year we celebrated on May 20.
The Most Reverend Robert McGuckin Bishop of Toowoomba performed mass at our chapel. Bishop McGuckin and I presented 67 staff members and volunteers with special certificates and badges in recognition of their valued contribution to the facility.
Bishop McGuckin provided a blessing for staff and volunteers, who were acknowledged for their service to St Vincent’s – more than 10 years for staff and more than 5 years for volunteers.
St Vincent’s Mission, Vision and Values are very important to us and Bishop McGuckin encouraged all staff to actively promote these important philosophies as they go about their work.
I witness every day the care and compassion that hospital staff and volunteers demonstrate in their day-to-day tasks and this makes the hospital a rewarding and enjoyable place to work.
St Vincent’s Hospital annually commemorates the laying of the foundation stone on the hospital site by Archbishop Duhig on May 22, 1921. Foundation Day recognises the hospital’s history in this region as well as the tireless efforts of staff and volunteers.
Some of the longest serving recognised at the event were Diane Kalinowski (Perioperative Services) and Kym Litfin (Administration Services) for 30 years’ service, Lesley Hodges (Dorothea Devine Maternity Unit) for 35 years’ service and Kay Bretz (Day Surgery Unit) for 45 years’ service.
We held a celebratory afternoon tea and I was delighted to welcome long-time supporter of St Vincent’s Mr Clive Berghofer.
I look forward to more of these occasions where I met staff members and volunteers and recognise their efforts in bringing excellent patient care.
Bishop Robert McGuckin and CEO Kathryn McKeefry congratulate Lesley Hodges on 35 years’ service