In the last three months, our hospitals and community have once again had to deal with the impact of COVID-19. Our frontline workers have been under enormous pressure responding to surging patient numbers, conducting tests and vaccinations, all while facing significant staff shortages.
We have all once again witnessed the extraordinary commitment and tenacity of our colleagues as they continue to provide outstanding care following “The St Vincent’s Way” of our founding Sisters of Charity.
In the coming months and years, the Foundation will support the recognition and ongoing development of hospital staff through our Frontline Workers Well-being Fund. This will help us to recognise and reward their efforts in caring for our community.
As you will read in Autumn Highlights, momentum has also been building on a number of projects just as important in achieving our Hospitals’ vision. We have made significant strides towards realising our vision for a new St Vincent’s Translational Research and Education Centre, our Cellular Therapy Centre of Excellence, our Brains Trust campaign for Neurosciences Research, Neurology and Neurosurgery, and in our campaign to support Managed Addiction Programs and Services (MAPS). Thank you to all donors involved with supporting these incredible initiatives.
We are most grateful to our MAP strategic partners, the PAYCE Foundation and Paynter Dixon for their visionary commitment to establishing the new St Vincent’s Managed Alcohol Program at St Vincent de Paul’s Matthew Talbot Facility. This will be an Australian first initiative to support our most vulnerable populations suffering severe health issues.
We are also delighted to again be working with the Griffith community in further developing St Vincent’s Private Community Hospital Griffith and sincerely thank the Camilleri Family and Baiada for helping us on our way with their renewed commitment to supporting our small but very special Hospital.
At St Vincent’s Private Hospital Sydney, we farewelled CEO Tim Daniel and have welcomed Heidi Bayliss, who has taken up the helm. I would also sincerely like to thank Victoria Stoddard for her 14 years and Christopher Hastings for his six years of dedicated service with the Foundation, wishing them both the very best in the future.
In exciting news, we warmly welcome Joshua O’Rourke as the Foundation’s new Deputy CEO who will be working closely with me to lead our team in support of an exciting new era at St Vincent’s. I look forward to introducing you all to Joshua in person as we once again welcome you to in-person Foundation events in the coming months. Thank you as always for standing by us in support of our wonderful St Vincent’s Hospitals and staff.
Thank you on behalf of us all.
CEO, St Vincent’s Curran Foundation