With Monash Medical Centre recently celebrating its 25th anniversary, a timely opportunity exists to again recognise those who have contributed to the delivery of such an important medical service. Whether they be staff, volunteers, benefactors or others who have contributed to this health service, such contributions have resulted in the provision of quality patient care to Monash residents for 25 years.
Although it treated its first patients on 17 July 1987, the hospital in Clayton was officially opened on 19 September that year. 25 years later, the hospital has grown to have a staff of more than 6,700 and in 2011/12 had 70,000 people present to the emergency department, 107,705 outpatients’ appointments, 70,000 people admitted to receive treatment and delivered more than 3,574 babies.
With figures like that it’s not hard to see why Monash Medical Centre is one of Victoria’s major teaching and tertiary referral hospitals or is renowned for its cardiac procedures, complex pregnancy care and children’s services.
Facilities include Pharmacy, Occupational Therapy, Dietetics, Physiotherapy, Theatre and Labour Wards, Pathology, Radiology Social Work and Speech Therapy.
The birthday celebration also saw the reunion of Alex Tzatzimakis, one of the first babies born at Monash Medical Centre Clayton’s Special Care Nursery, with her pediatrician Dr Chris Pappas; a great meeting to witness.
Monash Medical Centre is known as the hub of Southern Health which also includes Dandenong Hospital, Casey Hospital and Kingston Rehabilitation Centre among other smaller centers.