In 2017, Anne passed away at the age of 102. We were proud to have sat down with her just two years earlier to surprise her with the news that Hollywood was naming a new wing in her honour.
A team of our specialists rode over 700kms from Geraldton to Perth in the 2018 Hawaiian Ride for Youth, one of Perth's premier charity events.
The Hollywood team included Urologists Dr Andrew Tan and Dr David Sofield, Orthopaedic Surgeons Dr Clem McCormick and Dr Jon Spencer, and Bariatric Surgeon Dr Susan Taylor. Hollywood Private Hospital CEO, Peter Mott, participated in the CEO challenge, riding the final leg of the journey from Mandurah to Perth.
From humble beginnings in 2003, the event has raised more than $15 million for Youth Focus, an independent not for profit organisation that supports vulnerable young people in Western Australia by offering a range of mental health services.
During the four and a half day ride, the Hollywood team and approximately 200 other riders visited high schools to engage with students on the issues of youth suicide, depression, anxiety, self-harm and the assistance Youth Focus provides.
Each member of the Hollywood team committed to raising funds for Youth Focus. To support their individual efforts, the team hosted a fundraiging event, 'Champage Sunsets', which raised over $50,000 for the cause.
Hollywood Private Hospital Deputy Director of Clinical Services, Alison Lord, started at Hollywood in 1987 – well before Ramsay Health Care took over in 1994.
Over the years, she has worked as a nurse across multiple specialities, including general medicine, orthopaedics, ICU and CCU, and cardiology.
Alison has countless old memories of Hollywood in the early days, including the “showering team”, who used to wear white wellington boots and do the rounds showering all the patients. She remembers working “split shifts”, which for her started at 7am and went until 11am before returning to do a stint in the evening.
She also has fond memories of the annual staff reviews in the Red Cross Hall.
Alison said that she’d witnessed amazing growth over the 25 years but what impressed her the most was that the hospital had managed to retain such a positive work culture.
Long serving staff member, Elayne Clarke, remembers Ramsay Health Care Founder Paul Ramsay during visits to his newly acquired hospital back in the mid-1990s.
“I was a registered nurse in the old mental health unit and I had numerous conversations with Mr Ramsay about mental health,” Elayne said. “It was an area he was very interested in.”
Paul Ramsay’s interest in mental health should come as no surprise given his first hospital was a psychiatric clinic that opened in Sydney in 1964.
Since then Ramsay Health Care has grown to be the largest provider of private mental health services in Australia operating 25 mental health units across the country with approximately 1,000 beds.
Elayne said the old nurse quarters in the mental health unit were revamped to accommodate patients.
“The first year I remember taking patients to the swimming pool, which was located where Edwards Ward currently is, for leisure activities,” she said. “We used to also take the veterans on bus trips and barbecues.”
“It was very relaxed and casual back then and everyone knew everyone.”
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