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Change is impending at our hospice as Michelle McClure, our manager these past 5 years finishes up on 3rd May. The regret that many of our team are feeling as Michelle departs is very evident. Gratitude and compliments have been forthcoming from doctors, nursing staff, allied health team members, volunteers and guests and their families. In looking back over the past five years, I am in awe of how much positive change has happened. Without doubt, Michelle played an integral role in all that has been achieved.
Since 2014 we have funded, built and relocated to a new hospice, doubled guest capacity, increased nursing staff, increased administration support roles, increased services offered, improved financial sustainability, strengthened relationships with other health stakeholders, and maintained a healthy and valued profile in the community. Michelle’s focus on long-held hospice values of providing the best palliative and compassionate care for guests and their families is pivotal. Hospice operations run smoothly and collaboratively, due to Michelle’s unyielding support and concern for the well-being of her staff, and her quest for excellence. In summary, we have been privileged to enjoy the services of a very good manager. It is hoped that Michelle and her family have more well deserved quality time – best wishes and thank you Michelle.
Another valued member of our team departed recently too. The Board is very sorry that Deputy Chair David Halstead resigned due to increased family and work commitments. David was a board member for nearly 5 years, and his financial and business expertise was invaluable, especially in negotiating contracts. Best wishes and thanks Dave and Halstead family.
The Board extends thanks to everyone who is putting in extra hours and taking leadership responsibilities during the transition period too. It is not known yet if we will have the new appointment achieved in May or later. The Board feels greatly assured though, that our whole team has exemplary commitment and broad-ranging capabilities that will see us manage, and ensure our special place continues to serve the community very well.
So, sometime soon, we will welcome a new and important member to our team. It goes without saying, some things will feel, look and be different, with a new Clinical Hospice Manager at our helm. It will also be a time for fresh thinking and new possibilities – so let’s look forward.
Yours in community spirit