Pambula hospital auxiliary celebrates 80 years of service

Back: Garry Stephenson, auxiliary vice president, left, Chris Smith, regional representative, Marion Dickins, state president, Alison Gribble, auxiliary secretary, Susan Stephenson, auxiliary vice president and front: auxiliary president, Barbara J Davy, left and auxiliary treasurer, Joyce Bennett.
Back: Garry Stephenson, auxiliary vice president, left, Chris Smith, regional representative, Marion Dickins, state president, Alison Gribble, auxiliary secretary, Susan Stephenson, auxiliary vice president and front: auxiliary president, Barbara J Davy, left and auxiliary treasurer, Joyce Bennett.

On Friday, February 28, the Pambula District Hospital Auxiliary celebrated its 80th anniversary with a lunch at the Merimbula RSL Club.

Member for Bega, Andrew Constance and Bega Valley Shire mayor, Bill Taylor with patron of the auxiliary, Janet Gill.

Member for Bega, Andrew Constance and Bega Valley Shire mayor, Bill Taylor with patron of the auxiliary, Janet Gill.

Over 60 members and supporters of the auxiliary attended including representatives from Bombala, Moruya, Tathra, Bega, Delegate and Cooma, current and former members of the Pambula hospital, member for Bega, Andrew Constance, Bega Valley Shire mayor, Bill Taylor and deputy mayor, Russell Fitzpatrick.

Back: Pat Hilton, previous auxiliary member, left, Mary Whitby, a board member of Pambula hospital for 10 years, Gwen Moffitt, who worked at Pambula hospital 61 years ago, Caris Roarty, a board member of Pambula hospital for 11 years, Alison Jenkins, previous auxiliary member, Lloyd Jenkins, previous board member of the hospital and GP with front: Marion Hopkins, left and Val Fryer, both previous presidents of the auxiliary and previous auxiliary member, Jean Dugan.

Back: Pat Hilton, previous auxiliary member, left, Mary Whitby, a board member of Pambula hospital for 10 years, Gwen Moffitt, who worked at Pambula hospital 61 years ago, Caris Roarty, a board member of Pambula hospital for 11 years, Alison Jenkins, previous auxiliary member, Lloyd Jenkins, previous board member of the hospital and GP with front: Marion Hopkins, left and Val Fryer, both previous presidents of the auxiliary and previous auxiliary member, Jean Dugan.

A special guest at the lunch was life member of the United Hospital Auxiliaries of NSW, patron and inaugural secretary, 80 years ago, Janet Gill. Mrs Gill’s service to the auxiliary was “an amazing record”, Cr Taylor said.

Mr Constance also acknowledged Mrs Gill’s “extraordinary commitment” and said that 80 years of support and service by the auxiliary was worthy of a celebration.

Mr Constance said that Pambula hospital was a changed place from where it was a couple of years ago and talked of very much improved staff morale.

“And it’s going to remain open,” he added to cheers and applause from the audience.

“Health in our region will change dramatically with the new regional hospital but there is no reason why we can’t run complementary services through Pambula hospital. We will have a tremendous set of services with the benefits that the new hospital will bring and the benefits of Pambula hospital.

“The future (for Pambula hospital) is very bright,” Mr Constance said.

He said that one of the most important contributions to the hospital was through the auxiliary and praised the members for raising $105,000 since 2009 to support the hospital, staff and patients.

Mr Constance then presented a certificate of congratulation to Pambula District Hospital Auxiliary president, Barbarba J Davy.

Later a cake was cut by Mrs Gill as part of the celebrations.

Auxiliary members, Barbara A Davy, left, Ursula Viebcke and Barbara McCammon.

Auxiliary members, Barbara A Davy, left, Ursula Viebcke and Barbara McCammon.

Patron of the Pambula District Hospital Auxiliary, Janet Gill cuts the anniversary cake assisted by Marion Dickins, state president of the United Hospital Auxiliaries.

Patron of the Pambula District Hospital Auxiliary, Janet Gill cuts the anniversary cake assisted by Marion Dickins, state president of the United Hospital Auxiliaries.

A plaque found by Susan Stephenson at Pambula hospital when she was researching the history of the auxiliary.

A plaque found by Susan Stephenson at Pambula hospital when she was researching the history of the auxiliary.

Pambula District Hospital Auxiliary member, Win Rowlands won the raffle which was a cushion, meticulously embroidered by Rose Barker.

Pambula District Hospital Auxiliary member, Win Rowlands won the raffle which was a cushion, meticulously embroidered by Rose Barker.

Member for Bega, Andrew Constance presented president of the auxiliary, Barbara J Davy with a certificate of congratulation for the auxiliary’s 80 years of operation.

Member for Bega, Andrew Constance presented president of the auxiliary, Barbara J Davy with a certificate of congratulation for the auxiliary’s 80 years of operation.

Back: Deputy mayor, Russell Fitzpatrick with auxiliary members, Beth Claydon, left, Barbara J Davy, Rose Barker, Margaret Kirkwood and Alison Gribble with front: Heather Austin, manager of Bega Valley Health, left, Pat Ingram, auxiliary member, Sue Berry, nurse unit manager and Cathy Staples, nurse manager.

Back: Deputy mayor, Russell Fitzpatrick with auxiliary members, Beth Claydon, left, Barbara J Davy, Rose Barker, Margaret Kirkwood and Alison Gribble with front: Heather Austin, manager of Bega Valley Health, left, Pat Ingram, auxiliary member, Sue Berry, nurse unit manager and Cathy Staples, nurse manager.

Shirley Rixon, right, with Gwen Moffitt, the nurse who delivered her in Pambula hospital.

Shirley Rixon, right, with Gwen Moffitt, the nurse who delivered her in Pambula hospital.