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Farewell Brendon Gardner

When our outgoing Chief Operating Officer, Brendon Gardner, first started at Peninsula Health his daughter Bree was only eight weeks old. Like her father, she also pursued a career in health and is now a graduate midwife/nurse at Frankston Hospital.

Today the Peninsula Health community farewelled Brendon, who is leaving Peninsula Health to take on the role of Chief Executive Officer at The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.

“It is a great opportunity for me to lead an organisation and I wouldn’t have that opportunity if I didn’t have all of the support I’ve received here from day 1 to day 22 years and 6 months,” says Brendon.

“What I will miss most about Peninsula Health is the people. Working with the staff, and the volunteers who give us their time to improve the health service, has been the biggest highlight for me and I have formed many, many great relationships across the health service.”

Over the years Brendon’s roles have included Network Manager of Health Information Services, Director of Information Management, Executive Director of Planning and Infrastructure, Executive Director of Frankston Hospital and lastly Executive Director of Operations.

Brendon has played a key role in many of the major development and improvement projects that have shaped the health service into what it is today.

“When I started we were a small community hospital and now we are a tertiary health service,” says Brendon.

“There have been all of the infrastructure developments – building stage 2 and 3 at Frankston, The Mornington Centre, Hastings Community Health. Then there are the things you can’t see, like the improvements in patient flow and how the reputation of the health service is now one local people really support. I am only 1 part in 6000 but

I’ve been a really proud Peninsula Health employee due to everything we have been able to achieve.”

His association with the health service has been even longer than his employment.

“I was 5 and my Dad was admitted to Frankston Hospital with a ruptured appendix. Mum got the call to say he might not make it through the night but he did – the hospital saved Dad’s life back in 1974,” recalls Brendon.

“Then I was a patient here at age 7 for a tonsillectomy and Helen Hutchins was the Nurse Unit Manager. I was back at Frankston again in 1988, this time as a student. My connection with the health service goes well beyond my employment and I like the idea of Bree maintaining that connection after I finish up.”

Congratulations Brendon on a remarkable two decades of service with Peninsula Health and we wish you all the best in your new role.