CGHS surplus

CENTRAL Gippsland Health Service has recorded a better than expected result for the 2011-12 financial year, its annual meeting was told on Thursday.

The health service had an operating surplus of $589,000, an improvement from the $32,000 surplus the previous year and well ahead of the budgeted result of a break even situation.

Board chairman John Sullivan said it was a good outcome overall and congratulated all staff.

“We have achieved considerable improvements in the way we do our work,” he said.

“We have simplified processes, reduced the administrative burden in many areas and truly started to improve the working arrangements between services, departments and disciplines at both the Sale and Maffra campuses.”

“In the coming year we will continue the good work to simplify processes, use common sense in our continuous improvement efforts and continue to put our community, patients and clients’ needs at the forefront of our efforts.”

The health service admitted 13,741 patients, treated another 17,000 people in the emergency department and delivered 520 babies.

The community services division undertook more than 77,000 hours of service delivery and delivered more than 20,000 Meals on Wheels with the assistance of volunteers.

CGHS chief executive Frank Evans thanked the volunteer groups which assisted the health service.

“We continue to be indebted to our many volunteers for their tireless work across so many areas of our service,” he said.

“I have been and remain amazed by the generosity and hard work of our volunteers, many of whom contribute year after year.”

“This includes our hospital and health centre advisory groups and auxiliary members, who work hard to raise important funds for equipment to meet the needs of our patients, residents and clients.”