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Happy 10th Birthday to The Mornington Centre

Tresna Cuttris, Ruth Azzopardi, Lyn Jamieson, Karen Bull, David Anderson, Robyn Digby and Judi McKee cut the cake.

Today current and past staff members celebrated 10 years since Peninsula Health first opened its purpose-built Aged Care and Rehabilitation Unit, The Mornington Centre.

The 60-bed facility was opened by then Health Minister, Daniel Andrews, on 28 November 2007. In 2014 the Centre expanded once more, with the addition of another 30 beds and more ambulatory care services.

Site Senior Physiotherapist Peter Hough has worked at The Mornington Centre since it first opened, replacing the ageing Mt Eliza Centre.

“The team has always done a fantastic job – from working in a challenging, decaying facility at the Mt Eliza Centre, to working with a more complex patient population now,” says Peter.

“Ten years ago the average age of patients we saw were in their 70s, now they are well into their 80s. It’s been amazing to see the increased professionalism in the fabric and process of the place.”

Diversional Therapist Maureen Donovan has also worked at The Mornington Centre since it first opened.

“We still maintain a small team feel, even with all of the growth and changes that we have been through, which is really positive,” says Maureen.

“The facilities and also our understanding about how to deal with confused people have improved so much over the last 10 years. It’s really rewarding working with patients and making that human connection with them on their journey.”

Kerry Johnston, PSA Manager, still remembers the day they moved patients from the Mt Eliza Centre into the brand new Mornington Centre.

“I was running back and forth from the Mt Eliza Centre to here, to get cutlery so we could feed the patients,” says Kerry.

“My role has changed a lot over time. As we bought in more ambulatory care and X-Rays, the PSA’s have had to step up. It’s very challenging and every day is different.”

Lillian Wagstaff will celebrate 20 years of service with Peninsula Health next June, half of which have been at The Mornington Centre.

“Seeing all of the changes and watching the Centre grow has been a real highlight for me,” says Lillian.

“As PSAs we do a variety of jobs now and I do really enjoy it.”

Current and former staff enjoyed a BBQ lunch, cake and a special rendition of Happy Birthday to mark the occasion.

Lillian Wagstaff, Karen Bull, Kerry Johnstone and Robyn Digby.

Sally May, Peter Hough and Maureen Donovan.

Daniel Andrews opening the facility 10 years ago.

 

Jessica Mills
JMills@phcn.vic.gov.au