Dedicated service is rewarded

Environmental services worker Jodee Lardner has celebrated 30 years of dedicated service with Rural Northwest Health in style by winning the inaugural Betty Richardson Award.

The Warracknabeal campus team member was announced the winner at a gala dinner with more than 70 guests. The dinner marked the start of a weekend of celebrations to mark 125 years of health services to the Hopetoun, Beulah and Warracknabeal region.

The moulded meals team took out the team award at the dinner for their outstanding work to make puree foods more attractive to the residents.

RNH CEO Catherine Morley said Jodee’s exceptional commitment to improving the lives of the residents and team members of Yarriambiack Lodge over the past 31 years had ensured her nomination.

“Jodee is renowned in the lodge for her caring attitude, going the ‘extra mile’ to give residents and their families special experiences that far exceed the expectations of her role,” Ms Morley said.

“Jodee is known for her unfailing reliability, cheerful nature and genuine desire to help others,” she said.

“Jodee embraces the Betty Richardson spirit of impact over time, person centred focus, camaraderie and being a quiet achiever.”

Ms Morley said the moulded meals team devoted tireless work to ensure that a good idea became a reality.

“This interdisciplinary team came together to introduce a new way to improve nutritional and lifestyle outcomes for residents across RNH and within the community,” she said.

“Sometimes it can be the smallest of things that can have the biggest impact.

“The moulded meals team showed innovation, person centred focus and found logical and practical solutions.

“The team demonstrated the importance of ‘every cog in the wheel’ and pushed boundaries that challenged team members to change their practices to improve the lives of those for whom we care.”

The quality list of finalists in the Betty Richardson awards included Warracknabeal nurse practitioner Mandy Morcom, Hopetoun cancer resource nurse Kathleen Poulton and Warracknabeal campus manager/aged care Wendy Walters. Other finalists in the team event were the Hopetoun Beach Holiday team and the Wattle Crescent memory support team.

Jodee was one of almost 40 RNH team members to be recognised for service awards, also presented at the dinner.

Hopetoun Environmental Services worker Marie Bellinger received her medal for 35 years of service. Known to all by her middle name, Ms Morley said Therese had dedicated all her working life to the Hopetoun community.

“Her tasks at the Hopetoun campus have included cleaning, assisting in the kitchen and helping in the laundry,” she said.

“She is known to be a very good cleaner dedicated to her job and is always considerate and supportive of the residents.”

Staff Milestones

35 Years

Marie ‘Therese’ Bellinger

30 Years

Jodee Lardner, Mandy Morcom, Carol Ricketts, Marianne Huebner, Leonie Saunders.

25 Years

Barbara Ryan, Denise Williams, Katrina Rosser, Cheryl Reid.

20 Years

Nerralea Warren, Tricia McKenzie, Glenda Hallam, Tricia Tickner, Leanne Huebner, Shirley Yetman, Paula Winsall

15 Years

Pauline Robbins, Frances Mill, Kathleen Peters, Maree Bell, Ann Arnel, Leonie Cheney, Michelle White, Betty Bartlett.

10 Years, Michael Patullo, Janine Patullo, Judith Ferguson, Debra Sommers, Rachel Henke, Marie Arnold, Linda Hinch, Kimberley Decker, Christine Munday, Kayleen Watson, Maryann Conduit, Kimberly Landrigan, Angela Muller, Vanessa Glare.

Betty Richardson and Jodee Lardner

Betty Richardson and Jodee Lardner

Betty Richardson, centre, with the four finalists Kathleen Poulton, Wendy Walters, Mandy Morcom and Jodee Lardner.

Betty Richardson, centre, with the four finalists Kathleen Poulton, Wendy Walters, Mandy Morcom and Jodee Lardner.

The Hopetoun Beach Holiday team

The Hopetoun Beach Holiday team

The Moulded Meals team

The Moulded Meals team

The Wattle Crescent team

The Wattle Crescent team

Jodee Lardner with her award is congratulated by CEO Catherine Morley and Betty Richardson.

Jodee Lardner with her award is congratulated by CEO Catherine Morley and Betty Richardson.