The Southern Cross : March 2013
Page 4 March 2013 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross | news *Conditions Apply 1300 906 456 PHONE FREE digital hearing aids supplied to pensioners and veterans.* Private and Workers' Compensation clients are our speciality. Private health fund rebates apply. We provide FREE hearing services and hearing aids to eligible clients of the Australian Government Hearing Ser vices Program.* Consulting at over 60 clinics www.digitalhearing.com.au Catholic students lend a hand Check out our website to see how schools are getting involved with Catholic Charities. For more information contact Annie O'Neill T: 08 8210 8157 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.adelaide.catholic.org.au The recent upgrade of a 44-year-old ward at Calvary North Adelaide Hospital, which accommodates more than 900 patients each year, is part of a $13 million infrastructure plan being rolled out over two years. The redeveloped 26-bed St Helen's Ward, which includes five new single rooms in the new Johnson/Grote wing, was blessed with holy water last month by Cathedral Parish Administrator Father Paul Cashen MSC following a gathering at the hospital's chapel celebrating the official opening. During the gathering, Calvary Hospital North Adelaide chief executive officer Sue Imgraben said the $4.3 million upgrade to St Helen's oncology ward had increased the number of single-bed rooms from 10 to 16, added a four-chair chemotherapy and blood infusion suite, and a patient's lounge among other renovations to the 1969-ward. Director of Clinical Services Richard Wirth said the St Helen's Ward upgrade also included a new theatre, taking the total to seven. With three theatres recently upgraded this would provide state of the art and modern surgery facilities for staff and patients. St Helen's Ward clinical manager Dale Dalton said the redevelopment was a crucial step in meeting the expectations of patients and families and has provided staff with safe and ergonomically designed work areas. Cancer patient Margaret Morris has been in and out of hospital since being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. Last month she was one of the first patients admitted to the new wing. Mrs Morris said a comfortable and beautiful environment was crucial to wellbeing during the hardships of cancer treatment. "It is very important," she said. The St Helen's Ward upgrade included $1.1million from the Mary Potter Foundation and $250,000 from HPS Pharmacies. BLESSING: Calvary North Adelaide Hospital St Helen's Ward clinical manager Dale Dalton delivering patient Margaret Morris a wooden cross blessed with holy water to be placed in her room -- one of five in the ward's new Johnson/Grote wing. Upgrade for Calvary Hospital Fight for fair funding The ongoing fight for equal health insurance funding for private hospitals in South Australia intensified last month during the blessing of a ward upgrade at an Adelaide Catholic hospital. Little Company of Mary Health Care, private hospital national director Arthur Yannakou (pictured) said providing a viable hospital service in South Australia under existing funding arrangements with health insurers was becoming "more challenging". "We are not asking for more, we just want a level playing field," he said. Mr Yannakou made the comments at a blessing last month of a ward upgraded with the help of significant donations at the Calvary North Adelaide Hospital. Mr Yannakou said historic negotiations had meant private hospitals in South Australia received about 15 per cent less than the national average in funds from health insurers, while SA members paid about the same membership fees as eastern state clients. "What we are sitting with here today are years of poor negotiations and we are saying enough is enough," he said. Little has changed since the issue was first covered by The Southern Cross in November last year. The Little Company of Mary Health Care operates four Catholic hospitals in Adelaide. Mr Yannakou said an alliance of SA private hospitals would continue to campaign to improve private health care funding for the benefit of all in SA.