Monday 15 April 2019

Bass Coast Health celebrated the official opening of its two newly refurbished Post-Natal Suites at Wonthaggi Hospital last Wednesday with a large crowd of special guests.


The special guests included a large contingent of the Chambers family, descendants of Midwife Agnes Chambers, who founded the Maternity Department at Wonthaggi Hospital in 1944.


Granddaughter Ruth Glare delighted the crowd with her recollections of being present at the official opening with her grandmother Agnes Chambers at the age of five.


Bass Coast Health Board Chair Don Paproth thanked Bass Coast Health’s San Remo Op Shop Auxiliary and Ladies Auxiliary who partially funded the refurbishments with $40k and $20 (respectively). The remainder of the cost was funded by the Department of Health and Human Services.


Local Member Jordan Crugnale MP thanked all involved for the new post-natal suites which will dramatically improve the experience of women birthing at Bass Coast Health. The suites feature double beds and ensuites, enabling partners to remain with birthing mothers and allowing families more privacy during important first moments.


Once the ribbon was officially cut, guests took the opportunity to tour the rooms and appreciate the fresh, modern spaces.


Guests included Bass Coast Health’s Midwives and Maternal and Child Health Nurses, local GP’s, families who recently welcomed their newborns at the health service, and members of Bass Coast Health’s Board, Auxiliaries, Consumer Advisory Committee and consumer representatives involved with helping Bass Coast Health develop a Sub-Regional Maternity Framework.


Bass Coast Health CEO Jan Child was pleased by the overwhelmingly positive response from those in attendance, saying “The rooms feel fresh and calming. We were privileged enough to welcome local indigenous leaders Patrice Mahoney and Dr Doseena Fergie earlier this week, who performed a special indigenous blessing of the space - I’m sure this helped”.


To cap off the festivities, the suites saw the admission of their first occupants when Jock and Kaoeii Saengsawang welcomed their first child, baby boy Ethan into the world at Bass Coast Health just prior to the conclusion of the event.

Pictured Above (L-R): Bass Coast Health Chair Don Paproth, Member for Bass Jordan Crugnale MP, Ruth Glare, Erin Chambers (with Elsie) and Bass Coast Health CEO Jan Child. Looking on is Bass Coast Health Chief Engineer Wimal Kirinde, Bass Coast Health’s Nurse Unit Manager of Women and Families Melanie Shields and Lyndal Chambers.