While it was an emotional occasion for many, the closure of the Waranga Memorial Hospital may have marked the end of an era, but it also is the start of a new one, as Rushworth’s health services enjoy a new, state-of-the-art facility with all its wonderful staff, residents and patients under the one roof.
A special farewell afternoon tea was arranged by the Waranga Community Reference Group, giving the entire Waranga community the opportunity to walk through the hospital for the last time and reminisce with other community members.
President of the Waranga Community Reference Group, Clem Furphy provided some wonderful anecdotes and special memories as he addressed the 100 attendees which included past and present staff, GV Health Board Members and Executives, as well as members of the community who were born at the facility or who were patients over the past 56 years.
As a result of the $10 million redevelopment of the Waranga Aged Care Hostel (now known as Waranga Health) the Waranga Memorial Hospital and its aged care residents and patients have moved to the redeveloped facility in the centre of Rushworth, and the old hospital is now officially closed.
GV Health looks forward to continuing to provide care and services for people in and around Rushworth at the newly redeveloped facility in High Street, where all community, acute and aged care services will be provided.
An official opening will be held to celebrate the next chapter of Waranga Health will be held in the coming weeks.