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REDHS ends year in good health

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November 21, 2017

THE 24th annual general meeting of the Rochester and Elmore District Health Service (REDHS) was held on November 9.

THE 24th annual general meeting of the Rochester and Elmore District Health Service (REDHS) was held on November 9.

The meeting outlined what the hospital had completed in the previous 12-month period.

This included the strategic plan, more commonly known as REDHS 2020.

The strategic plan looks into the aims of the hospital, from values in the community, to focusing on clinical governance.

The achievements of the hospital are immense, including improving areas such as their quality of healthcare, collaborative endeavours, people and infrastructure, partnerships, their accreditation and community support.

The hospital finds itself in a good position financially, with a surplus of $469,052 in operations: 2.88 times the original budget.

Continued high occupancy of the aged care facility and growth in the primary care services contributed to a revenue of $13.4 million.

This financial year, REDHS has been successful in securing Commonwealth funding for their new home support program, to be expanded during the 2018 financial year.

In the 2016 financial year, REDHS received the Health Service Violence Prevention Fund grant of $37,000 towards improving safety of staff, residents and clients in the Department of Health initiative with additional security measures to be rolled out in 2018.

The AGM also recognised two new life governors — Keith Oberin and Stuart McDonald.

Both men were a part of the REDHS board for a combined 20 years.

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