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Benetas and Macedon Ranges Health Amalgamation

2nd July 2018

Letter from Sandra Hills OAM, CEO Benetas

It is with great pleasure that we officially welcome the Macedon Ranges Health ‘family’ into the world of Benetas.

Last November, the members of Macedon Ranges Health voted to commence a process of amalgamation with Benetas. Both parties agreed to a 1 July 2018 milestone, which I am pleased to say was successfully achieved on Sunday.

Over the past seven months and more, our respective people have worked alongside one another, preparing for the amalgamation and the integration phase that is to follow.

Throughout this process, the Benetas project team has come to appreciate even more, the many things that make Macedon Ranges Health a great organisation.

We have seen firsthand that Benetas and Macedon Ranges Health are truly united in our strong community values and our unwavering commitment to the care and respect of our residents, clients and staff.

We share a vision of delivering high quality not-for-profit services for all in the region including those most vulnerable in our community, while investing in services to meet growing needs and creating local employment opportunities.

A little about Macedon Ranges Health (MRH). It is based in Gisborne, which is just over 50km north-west of Melbourne.

It started life as a bush nursing hospital 60 years ago and has grown into an award winning, independent, not for profit organisation dedicated to the provision of high quality primary, welfare, disability, home and residential aged care services. It is one of regional Victoria’s most comprehensive, integrated, community health and residential aged care providers.

It is run by a fabulous team of 160 staff, many of whom also live in the community. Its physical resources include a modern building housing a range of public and private allied health services, a residential aged care facility (Gisborne Oaks), independent living units and a Men’s Shed building. Other services offered include a youth clinic, district nursing, home care, respite, a range of classes and general lifestyle enhancement services and an Op Shop. As you can appreciate, there are many services that run parallel to our existing operations, and a few that are new and will bring new skills to our organisation.

Through the amalgamation process, we have worked closely with Don Tidbury, who has been CEO of Macedon Ranges Health for the past four years. I am thrilled to advise that effective immediately Don will be joining the leadership team as General Manager, Primary Care – an area we are hoping to grow.

We are currently in the process of investing $1.2m into upgrading facilities, and planning has commenced with a further $60 million set to be invested to upgrade, expand and redevelop the facilities and services that Macedon Ranges Health provides. This will be staged over the next 8 years, and is designed to meet the changing needs of the local community, with the number of people aged over 80 expected to double across the region in the next decade.

This week’s milestone has been a major project for many within Benetas and Macedon Ranges Health who have invested countless hours in ensuring the process was as seamless as possible for the people and clients they serve. I thank you all. I’d particularly like to single out project lead Chris Karagiannis who has done an outstanding job, and will take carriage of the integration phase that lies ahead.

So now let us celebrate what has brought us together, and look forward with excitement to what lies before us.

I am really looking forward to working together, and delivering the best possible health service to the people of Macedon Ranges and beyond.

Kind regards

Sandra Hills Chief Executive Officer