In the shorter term, Healthe Care will also waive the excess for Townsville Private Clinic inpatient mental health admissions for eligible, privately-insured and financially disadvantaged people impacted from the Townsville floods.
The announcement was marked by an onsite cheque presentation to Cr Jenny Hill, Mayor of the City of Townsville along with Townsville Private Clinic staff and Townsville community representatives.
Cash proceeds will be donated to GIVIT which, in collaboration with Council will ensure all funds are allocated to where it is needed most.
Healthe Care operates 35 private health facilities in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, Western Australia and New Zealand, including Townsville Private Clinic.
Company CFO, Gerard Chan said that when the Clinic’s CEO shared stories of staff impacted by damage and loss, several Healthe Care sister hospitals started fundraising to support their Townsville colleagues, and “in true Healthe Care spirit” the entire hospital network dug deep to support Townsville.
“In only one week, our hospitals raised $23,654.75 from sausage sizzles, barbecues and Taco Thursday; clothes sales and fashion parades; raffles and gift voucher donations; Lunar New Year lunch; coffee, muffin and cake days as well as generous cash donations to GIVIT. Matching this amount, Healthe Care has raised a total $47,309.50 towards helping the Townsville community impacted by floods.”
“Healthe Care is a socially responsible business, we advocate group-wide and local hospital fundraising initiatives to support communities in need. Our hearts go out to the wider Townsville community, and we hope our fundraising and hospital excess initiatives will assist in rebuilding the community”, said Gerard.
Townsville Private Clinic Director of Medical Services, Dr Jane Hay said the support shown by its Queensland and interstate colleagues had been nothing short of amazing.
“It’s been extremely rewarding for our staff to further connect with our other hospitals, and it’s fantastic to have the support of the wider Healthe Care network to help the Townsville community in need”, said Jane.
Cr Jenny Hill said, “It’s wonderful to see people getting behind their colleagues after a natural disaster and we can only thank Healthe Care for matching money raised by its employees. Every cent counts in the flood recovery and $47,000 is a significant contribution.”
GIVIT Founder and Director, Julie Wright said, “GIVIT is incredibly thankful to Healthe Care and its staff for their generous donation which will be used to assist Townsville residents recover from this devastating flooding event. Working with our charity and recovery partners, GIVIT will ensure 100% of this donation goes to where it is needed most – to purchase urgently needed items to help people get back on their feet. From bedding, to beds and washing machines to school uniforms, all items will be purchased from local businesses in order to support the economic recovery of the regions.”