$1.27m surplus for GSHS

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$1.27m surplus for GSHS

Good result: from left, Gippsland Southern Health Service CEO Gary Templeton, board president David Harvey and treasurer Ron Stanley at the 18th annual meeting.

GIPPSLAND Southern Health Service has ended the last financial year with an operating surplus of $1.277 million.
The service’s 18th annual general meeting heard that when depreciation is taken into account, the figure ends up as a deficit of $900,000, up from $320,000 the year before.
That prompted CEO Gary Templeton to comment to The Star that once the new hospital is built, there won’t be depreciation.
Mr Templeton played a back seat role during the meeting.
Health service board president David Harvey, commented that the gathering in the Uniting Church Hall in Leongatha, reminded him of giving a lecture at university.
“Everyone has graduated to the back.”
Treasurer Ron Stanley, said there was a cash surplus of $400,000.
He pointed out that not all of the services that GSHS provides are funded by the government and complimented the service’s “hard working and dedicated staff”.
Mr Harvey underscored that.
He said the year had been a busy and anxious one, with the board facing two or three “critical issues”.
“No-one felt the (Leongatha) hospital would be closed down, but there was a perception in the community that services would be reduced.”
Until the May State budget was announced, there was also uncertainty about whether the new hospital would be funded.
“The $20m (announced) was disappointing in many ways, but the grounds for optimism are considerable.”
Mr Harvey said a part time communications officer has been appointed at the health service “to raise our profile” and an issues register may be introduced to “further develop our relationship with the community”.
The president said he couldn’t discuss what was in the sub regional health plan, but added: “The board is pleased with what it has seen. Services are likely to expand and there are grounds for optimism for the increase of services.
“We are looking to collaborate with more hospitals in the region.”
Mr Harvey said the plan is “directional rather than dictatorial”.
“Mark Holmes and Gary Templeton did a brilliant job going to the South Coast planning meetings.”
The president praised staff for winning the 2008-09 quality of care report award for small rural health services.
“This year’s quality of care report is better than the last and I fully expect to win again.”
He thanked staff and volunteers for their services.
The latter were the subject of a DVD shown at the end of the formalities. The DVD included testimonials from those who volunteer with the health service’s palliative care sector.

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