Ahead of their customary Christmas celebration, Tuesday, December 13, Bingara Multi Purpose Service staff, residents and volunteers are reflecting on what has been achieved during the three years since the facility opened.
Since its opening in August 2008, the community has worked hand-in-hand with Multi Purpose Service (MPS) management and staff to achieve a number of milestones. Highlights of the past few years include:
- The Bingara Hospital History Book. Organised by the Memorabilia Committee, proceeds from the book went towards purchasing a digital television, DVD, Portable DVD, Care Chair, iPod and CD player for the MPS. The committee also co-ordinated a picture display in the halls of the MPS, depicting the history of the hospital and the staff who worked there.
- Introducing MPS staff to the Excellence Program. This program focuses on building leadership and staff capability and accountability, and uses best practice techniques to improve healthcare delivery for patients and aged care.
- Pink Breakfast for Cancer. 2011 was the third year running that Bingara MPS staff organised the Pink Breakfast. More than $4000 has been raised for Cancer Council, and $400 for the local Community Comfort Committee.
- Building of the MPS Helipad. This community and health service-funded project was co-ordinated by staff, staff volunteers and contractors.
- Revamp of the MPS enclosed outdoor area. The Bingara Garden Club redeveloped the MPS’s enclosed glass outdoor area.
- The Pitstop Program. Hosted by MPS staff, Pitstops were made available to Bingara Shire Council staff as well as visitors to the Australian Caravan and Camping Association event.
- Other achievements include: The MPS Debutante Ball (held in conjunction with the Bingara Lions Club), and the ABBA Fundraising Ball.
Bingara Health Service Manager Sue Mack said MPS staff, locals and members of Bingara’s Local Health Advisory Committee (LHAC) could all be justifiably proud of the wonderful achievements of the past three years. “Bingara community members are always willing to pitch in and do what they can to contribute to improving the MPS, which is greatly appreciated,” Sue said.
“With the ongoing support of the community and LHAC, our staff can continue their important work in making the MPS a centre of excellence for both our patients and our aged care residents.”