How you’ve helped

Box Hill Hospital’s brand new kiosk is now open, marking a significant milestone in its 45 year history.

First opening in September 1969, the kiosk is run by auxiliary members who volunteer their time to serve patients, visitors and staff while raising funds for the hospital.

Box Hill Hospital has received an outstanding donation from the Chinese community, with an event to tantalise the tastebuds raising $149,000 to purchase medical equipment and conduct research.

Alan Lilly, Chief Executive of Eastern Health recently hosted an informal dinner at the RSL Club Box Hill to thank the organisers of the inaugural 2015 International Star Chefs Charity Night. Organised by Mr Ron Lim JP and Sun Tsui Luen, the charity night raised funds for the Eastern Health Foundation by bringing together Australia Michelin Star Chefs from countries including Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, China and Hong Kong.

It’s been 10 years since Mirko Mujica was first diagnosed with aggressive cancer at the age of 28. Since then, he has undergone four operations and gruelling chemotherapy at Box Hill Hospital.

“Every day I was in hospital having chemotherapy treatment, I would look at my fellow cancer patients and think to myself, they are someone’s daughter, someone’s son. I would close my eyes and wish for, at best, a cure and at least for their days to go by just a little quicker,” Mirko said.

St Augustine’s Anglican Kindergarten raised more than $2500 to buy and install a fish tank at Box Hill Hospital’s recently-refurbished paediatric ward. Acting Nurse Unit Manager Corinne Caton said staff were extremely grateful for the kindergarten’s support.

Eastern Health is calling for volunteers as a result of recent program expansions. Opportunities are available in a range of areas within the eastern region.

"Volunteering is an exceptionally rewarding experience, particularly in health as every day will offer something different," Helen Stagg, Eastern Health Foundation’s Volunteer Services Manager said.

The generous efforts of Eastern Health donors and volunteers have been celebrated with a new storyboard unveiled at the Peter James Centre in Burwood East.

The storyboard highlights the important role played by volunteers, community groups, corporate partners, trusts and foundations in assisting Eastern Health to provide the best care possible for its patients and residents.  

A state of the art Intensive Care Unit Emergency Response Training Centre is set to become a reality, thanks to the generous support of the Rotary Club of Balwyn.

The club have provided the hospital with a $75,000 donation, which will play a major part in the establishment of the centre.

The centre will enable ICU staff to practice emergency medical procedures and conduct mock emergency calls in the wards. Equipped with specialised ICU simulation equipment, the centre will allow clinicians the opportunity to train, refresh and update their skills in complex emergency procedures on a regular basis.

Box Hill Hospital Intensive Care Unit Director Dr David Charlesworth was most grateful to the Rotary Club of Balwyn for their support.

Eastern Health volunteer, Estelle Foudoulis is going above and beyond to help support an award-winning program that is increasing patient safety and wellbeing.

Currently completing a Bachelor of Health Sciences at La Trobe University, Estelle has been volunteering at Peter James Centre in Burwood East for over a year. However this wasn’t enough to satisfy the passionate student, who is now organising a circus-themed charity event to help expand Eastern Health’s falls and wellbeing program.

When Cynthia realised she had helped a woman find her voice during a wellbeing session at Eastern Health’s Peter James Centre, she knew she had made a big difference to someone’s life.

"A patient I was caring for was suffering from a condition that hindered her ability to speak," Cynthia said.

"I sat with her for a while, looking through pictures of movie stars from the past. Her eyes lit up and I knew she was trying to talk to me. Finally, she managed to speak. It was the most emotional and rewarding experience to know I had taken enough time to help this patient communicate again."

Cynthia is one of hundreds of volunteers taking part in Eastern Health’s award-winning Falls and Wellbeing Program, all with their own personal stories of achievement.