More than a decade of dedicated service on Rural Northwest Health’s board of management was rewarded with life governorship this week.
Leo Casey completed his 10-year tenure with the RNH board earlier this year, spending the majority of that time as board chair. He was presented with the Life Governor certificate at the annual general meeting by fellow board member Carolyn Morcom.
Mr Casey joined the board in 2006 during a period of heavy restructure and a year later he was appointed chair. He remained in that role until a year ago.
Accepting the award, Mr Casey commended the wonderful team at Rural Northwest Health and the leadership that has turned the organisation into an award winning service. He also commented on the importance of partnerships for the future of the region’s health services.
Mr Casey also officially opened a memorial plaque in recognition of the dedicated service of former Warracknabeal pharmacist Doug McColl who died earlier this year. The plaque is in the front garden of the Warracknabeal campus and honours the tireless hours of volunteer work that Mr McColl gave to the community and its hospital for more than 50 years.
West Wimmera Health Service’s newly appointed CEO Ritchie Dodds was guest speaker at the AGM.
Mr Dodds presented an enlightening and entertaining overview of the achievements and goals of the Wimmera Southern Mallee Health Alliance to a packed room. The alliance includes RNH, WWHS, Wimmera Health Care Group and Edenhope and District Memorial Hospital.
Mr Dodds said after a slow start, the alliance was making wonderful progress and was continually finding ways to partner together for better health outcomes for the region. He also commended Mr Casey and former RNH CEO Catherine Morley for their determination to progress the alliance.
RNH’s new CEO Kevin Mills also spoke at the meeting and used the opportunity to introduce himself to the community. The AGM was chaired by Julia Hausler for the first time since she stepped up to the role earlier this year.
She introduced newly appointed board members Genevieve O’Sullivan from Patchewollock and Bendigo accountant Hugh Molenaar. Board director Professor Amanda Kenny presented the financial report and fellow board director Glenda Hewitt also spoke at the meeting.
Mr Casey is the fifth life governor appointment since Rural Northwest Health began in 1999. Others include Max Gibson, Les Solly, Marie Aitken and Jean Webster.