Wimmera Health Care Group hosted its Annual General Meeting on Thursday, November 23 at the Horsham Town Hall.

 Board of Management chair Marie Aitken welcomed the 108 attendees to the meeting which saw the release of the 2016-2017 Annual Report and Quality Account, presentations from two guest speakers and a visual display of the future Wimmera Cancer Centre.

 “We were fortunate to hear from Bill Ower, the chair of the Wimmera Hospice Care Trust. The trust is a major contributor to the Wimmera Cancer Centre as the centre will also have community-based palliative care services,” Mrs Aitken said.

 “We thank Mr Ower for his presentation which was very informative and highlighted the large number of families who use the service every year.”

 Mrs Aitken officially welcome new chief executive officer Catherine Morley who has been in the role for nine weeks. Ms Morley spoke of her ambitions for the health service.

 “The board have set the agenda of empowering and engaging team members to work together to improve our services, working with our partners across the region,” Ms Morley said.

 “I am looking forward to achieving that goal with the team and improving the health and wellbeing of our community.”

 Mrs Aitken was joined by several Board of Management members when presenting four new Life Governors.

 The new Life Governors are long time hospital supporters David and Denise Leembruggen and former board members Ted McCabe and Mark Williams.

 The final guest speaker was Dr Stephen Brown, clinical director of medical oncology at Ballarat Health Services. His presentation looked at the number of regional people treated with their services, their range of services and how they plan to offer more locally with the development of the Wimmera Cancer Centre.

 “We appreciate everyone who attended and we hope they enjoyed the wonderful supper put on by Wimmera Health Care Group’s food services team and also enjoyed the beautiful orchid display, once again kindly donated by the Horsham Orchid Society,” Mrs Aitken said.

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