31/05/2021 - 20:48

Ramsay Health Care: Caring For Communities in WA

31/05/2021 - 20:48

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The ORIGINS Project: Joondalup Health Campus paediatrician Dr Katie Britton with ORIGINS participants Anna Callan and son Samuel Barnett.

Ramsay Health Care is committed to giving back to the community, reflecting The Ramsay Way philosophy of ‘People Caring for People’. 

Ramsay Health Care is proud of its strong ties to the Paul Ramsay Foundation, which was established with a bequest of more than $3 billion from its founder, Paul Ramsay. In 2021, the Paul Ramsay Foundation has once again been named Australia’s most charitable donor. It was ranked number one on the Philanthropy 50 list, donating $169 million in 2019-20 for projects which aim to break cycles of disadvantage and enable lasting change. 

Ramsay Health Care Chief Operations Officer - Hospitals, Greg Hall, said caring for community was a core pillar of the company’s sustainability program, Ramsay Cares. 

Ramsay Health Care Chief Operations Officer, Greg Hall 

“We recognise we have an important role to play in our local communities and in serving society at large,” Mr Hall said. 

“Our focus on health care provides us with the opportunity to commit signficiant resources to medical research, clinical trials, teaching and training to advance health outcomes in our communities – both locally and around the world.” 

Mr Hall said the company’s commitment to caring for the community in its five WA hospitals stretched beyond connecting patients to skilled practitioners. 

Funding for medical research in WA includes: 

  • Paul Ramsay Foundation – is funding The ORIGINS Project with the Commonwealth Government through the Channel 7 Telethon Trust. The project, a collaboration between Joondalup Health Campus and Telethon Kids Institute, is the largest study of its kind in Australia, following 10,000 families over a decade to improve child and adult health. 
  • Ramsay Hospitals Research Foundation - a $734,000 grant for a world-first frailty study at Hollywood Private Hospital. The project is a collaboration between researchers from Hollywood, Edith Cowan University School of Nursing and Midwifery and four universities around Australia. 
  • Hollywood Private Hospital Research Foundation – provides grants for research in cancer, orthopaedics, palliative care, lung disease and rehabilitation care. Last year, the foundation provided $38,000 in grants for chemotherapy, asthma and hip and knee replacement. 

Mr Hall said Ramsay Health Care’s WA hospitals are also actively involved in local communities. 

“As large businesses and employers in many of the communities in which we operate, we are also committed to investing back into these local communities,” Mr Hall said. 

“We take a holisitic approach to health care and understand a thriving, engaged community promotes the overall wellbeing of residents.” 

Joondalup Health Campus 

Valentines Concert day 

Each year, Joondalup Health Campus (JHC) partners with the City of Joondalup to present an outdoor summer event Valentine’s Day Concert. The concert attracts more than 8000 local residents each year and has hosted some spectacular talent. 

Valentines Concert night 

Hollywood Private Hospital 

Red Cross Australia recognised Hollywood for providing an “outstanding humanitarian contribution” by donating soup to the Soup Patrol every night, for 46 years. The soup is provided to those less fortunate in the Perth and Fremantle regions. 

Soup Patrol: Peter Trusler (Hollywood Private Hospital), Kerriann Larson (Red Cross) and volunteer Julian Cox. 

Hollywood Private Hospital also donated medical equipment to animal welfare group Give Our Strays A Chance to help treat animals injured in the fires north-east of Perth earlier this year. 

Give Our Strays a Chance Founder Dean Morris and Hollywood Private Hospital Registered Nurse Jo Slater. 

Frozen meals have also been donated to Food Rescue and a UnitingCare West program feeding disadvantaged people in WA. 

Glengarry Private Hospital 

Glengarry Private Hospital participates in the Ramsay/Rotary Medical Equipment Donation Program to provide medical equipment and goods to disadvantaged communities in Australia and overseas. Glengarry also donates to the Zonta Club of Perth Northern Suburbs, provides book vouchers to Glengarry Primary School and a Christmas hamper to help raise funds for the P & C committee. 

Attadale Rehabilitation Hospital 

Attadale Rehabilitation Hopital provides book vouchers to be given as awards at Attadale Primary School. 

Peel Health Campus 

Peel Health Campus (PHC) provided a community grants program to support local organisations to get back on their feet following the impact of COVID-19. Called the ‘Community Kick-Start,’ the grants scheme provided a one-off payment of up to $1000 for community groups, clubs, events and organisations. Ten organisations benefited, such as South Mandurah Junior Cricket Club, Pinjarra Community Men’s Shed and Mandurah Wildlife Rescue. 

South Mandurah Football Club grant recipients with Peel Health Campus Director of Finance and Corporate Services Renee Durrant. 

Alongside volunteers from PHC and the support of Ramsay Health Care, PHC nurse Lungowe (Lulu) Munalula has organised decommissioned medical equipment to be sent from Mandurah to remote Zambia in the past five years. Ms Munalulu founded the Timothy Liswaniso Sakakuwa (TLS) Foundation charity, which offers medical equipment and support for children and orphans in remote parts of Africa. 

Peel Health Campus nurse Lungowe ‘Lulu’ Munalula. 

PHC has also provided accommodation for about 50 seriously ill children and their families by sponsoring a room at Ronald McDonald House Charities Western Australia. The Adopt a Room program allows WA families to be close together, during times of need. 

PHC also supports Mandurah Performing Arts Centre and the Quiet Lions Tour. 

 

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