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Wayne Kitchin outside Rosebud Hosptial.

Wayne Kitchin has been the maintenance man behind the scenes at Rosebud Hospital for nearly three decades.

“I’m in my 29th year, starting on 7 May 1990.”

As Maintenance Supervisor, very little happens at Rosebud without Wayne’s knowledge, supervision and guidance.

“I started out as a cleaner, part-time, and I was running a motel at the time, and then the recession hit,” says Wayne. “Because the gardener had retired they were talking about outsourcing the mowing job, and so I said ‘I’ll do it’, so I started doing that as well!”

“When the maintenance guy came up for retirement, I said ‘well I’ll step in there and have that job too’, so I have been officially with Facilities Management since about 1993.”
Things changed quickly after Wayne took on the full-time maintenance role, as Rosebud Hospital quickly grew.

“We doubled the size of the hospital in 1994 – we went from 36 beds to around 70 beds. The whole side extension has been the biggest thing in my time, and the mother-baby unit, the gym and the ensuites more recently.”

More urgent responsibility came when the effects of the Longford gas disaster hit Rosebud Hospital hard in 1998. “When Victoria was out of gas for those two weeks, all our hot water systems are all on natural gas,” explains Wayne. “So I made some quick enquiries, and because it was an emergency, I got big, bulk LPG cylinders and plumbers rigging up gas lines, up to the roof.”

“The community has always been a big supporter of Rosebud Hospital, making sure we have everything we need, so I was really happy to help out when that disaster struck.” Personal and professional life combine daily for Wayne, who met his wife Di at Rosebud Hospital, where the pair still work and are well-known to many.

“Pretty much everything that gets done at Rosebud goes through Di or me,” smiles Wayne. “The only drawback is when we get home at night, all we can talk about is work!”

Outside, in the car park, on the wards or in theatre, there is never a dull moment for Wayne.“It’s always different, there’s always something, it’s move this or fix that!” “I’m the go-to man here. When someone doesn’t know something, someone will usually say ‘ask Wayne’!”

Powering Rosebud Hospital through Green Energy

Peninsula Health has started a pilot program at Rosebud Hospital, using a $70,000 grant from the State Government to install new generation solar panels and a battery storage system.

• Power from the panels is stored in a Tesla battery.

• Stored power is used when peak rates are applicable.

• Panels are both an energy-saving and money-saving investment for Rosebud Hospital.

• Rosebud Community Health building is ideal for the solar installation pilot.

• Engineer-designed system minimises peak demand and electricity charges

. • Site maximises viable roof space for solar panels.