A milestone for regional healthcare

On Friday 26 August we hosted the St Vincent’s Griffith Business Luncheon at Piccolo Family Farms with 70 guests including leaders from key businesses and families from the Murrumbidgee Region, and guest speaker Frank Calabria, CEO, Origin Energy. Speakers discussed establishing the Regional Health Hub which aims to address the pressing health concerns in the Murrumbidgee Region in four key areas, cardiology, gastroenterology, Ear, Nose & Throat, and orthopaedic services.

The Regional Health Hub will focus on developing these areas led by a number of our clinicians from the St Vincent’s Sydney Health Precinct. This model will ensure St Vincent’s Private Community Hospital Griffith can provide and retain quality trained staff, provide the latest essential equipment and expand on current services to the community.

We also celebrated the achievements of the hospital, which was made even more special with a very generous announcement from Roy Spagnolo and John Casella to commit an additional $1 million towards the $5 million fundraising target to establish the Regional Health Hub. Their support, influence and hard work in the past has been instrumental to help us realise St Vincent’s Private Community Hospital Griffith. Early in 2022, we established the Heart Health Centre led by A/Prof Andrew Roy and Dr David Roy as part of the first step, with the generosity of the Baiada family who made a significant donation to set up the cardiology services. Patients can now receive basic cardiac diagnostics at SVPCHG with the vision to extend cardiac care for heart patients.

It was also an important day to reflect on regional healthcare at this year’s annual Daily Telegraph Bush Summit hosted in Griffith. Gabby Wood, General Manager & Director of Clinical Services at St Vincent’s Private Community Hospital Griffith joined as a panellist in this important discussion on healthcare. The Bush Summit allows community leaders, policy makers and politicians to discuss the opportunities and significant challenges people face in the bush.

We particularly thank the Casella, Spagnolo and Baiada families who are providing considerable support towards the Regional Health Hub.

For further information on this project and how to become involved, please contact Kate Groves at the Foundation kate.groves@svha.org.au or donate below.