15 Nov Whateley a great addition to TDHS AGM
(Above) Guest speaker Gerard Whateley, CEO Rebecca Van Wollingen and Board chair Maryanne Puli Vogels at last night’s AGM.
Nearly 100 people attended Timboon and District Healthcare Service’s (TDHS) annual general meeting (AGM) last night when sports broadcaster Gerard Whateley’s years of interviewing experience helped communicate a clear vision for the future.
After speaking about his love of sport and his career in journalism, Whateley hosted a panel discussion with new chief executive officer (CEO) Rebecca Van Wollingen and Board members Chris Stewart, Toinette Hutchins and Ashley Nesseler.
It was the first opportunity Ms Van Wollingen had to speak to the wider community since her appointment as CEO was announced last Friday.
“I think what I love most about TDHS is that it is so connected to the community,” Ms Van Wollingen told those in attendance.
“I started as a registered nurse and my goal was to help people – and you did that one on one. Now it’s about how I can help make a really large change.
“I think the beautiful thing here is we see everyone connected together and you can see the change – you can see it day in and day out.”
Asked by Whateley about her goals and vision for the organisation, Ms Van Wollingen said she was focused initially on filling current vacancies in her executive team, including a chief operating officer and director of clinical services.
“Beyond that our more immediate goals are to start filling some of our clinical spaces that we promised are coming – particularly physiotherapy and social work.
“We provide a good service now but I think there’s much more we could be giving our community into the future so getting the foundation ready to provide that will be great.”
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Ms Van Wollingen said she was focusing on making sure that the community TDHS served was engaged, that their views were valued and that their needs were met.
“I think the future is vibrant. I think the future is that we don’t provide all things to all people, but we help people reach all things.
“We’ll provide what we can safely and well and if we can’t provide it safely and well we’ll help you get where you need to go,” she said.
“The vision looks like a lot of growth in the community space for us, so helping you prevent getting unwell, in the first stages of illness, and at the end of your chronic illness. For any acute illness we’ll send you to the most appropriate place.”
Earlier in the evening Board chair Maryanne Puli Vogels delivered her report – citing advancements in engagement and community connectedness as a major outcome of the 2018/19 financial year.
Fellow Board member Toinette Hutchins also spoke about TDHS’ achievements in clinical governance throughout the year.
New Board member and accountant (CPA) Anthony DeJong then stepped everyone through the organisation’s strong financial position and the plan for sustainable, break-even budgets over the next few years.
After speaking passionately about the community’s outstanding volunteer rates, outgoing Consumer Participation Committee (CPC) chair Donna Ellis was presented with some flowers to mark the end of her involvement in the group.
Copies of TDHS’s 2018/19 Annual Report and 2020 Quality Account Calendar are available from the reception area.