St Vincent's Foundation Queensland launches
St Vincent's Private Hospital Northside and Brisbane
Today marked the launch of St Vincent's Foundation Queensland - the official fundraising organisation of St Vincent's Health Australia's Hospitals and Facilities in Queensland.
Formally launched by the Foundation's Chair, Professor Michael Drew at a ribbon cutting ceremony at St Vincent's Private Hospital Brisbane, the event was attended by four Sisters of Charity as well as key representatives from the Foundation's beneficiaries: St Vincent's Private Hospital Northside; St Vincent's Private Hospital Brisbane; St Vincent's Private Hospital Toowoomba; and St Vincent's Care.
Also in attendance were around 80 students from St Laurence's College, Brisbane who donated $10,000 to St Vincent's Foundation Queensland through their annual walkathon. The school’s Walkathon 2022: Walking in Solidarity, saw almost 2,000 students traverse 14km in and around Brisbane’s CBD with a cohort of students walking via St Vincent’s Private Hospital Brisbane at Kangaroo Point for a morale-boosting visit with staff, patients and invited guests.
St Laurence's donation will go towards lifesaving care and services at St Vincent’s Private Hospital Northside, St Vincent’s Private Hospital Brisbane, St Vincent’s Private Hospital Toowoomba, and St Vincent’s Care.
Foundation Chair Professor Michael Drew said the community support from St Laurence’s would help to provide excellent, compassionate, research-driven care to St Vincent’s patients and residents, “while continuing to strengthen our capacity to care for those who are poor and vulnerable.”
“Following the great tradition of Venerable Mary Aikenhead and her Sisters of Charity, the desire to help those in need burns at the heart of St Vincent’s Foundation Queensland.”
Professor Michael Drew - St Vincent's Foundation Queensland Chair
“The generous support of individuals, community groups, and businesses will enable the Foundation to purchase new medical equipment, drive innovation and research, enhance patient health care, educate a new generation of clinicians and provide a holistic approach to aged care services that delivers the highest standard of services across community living, independent living, and residential living," Professor Drew said.
“For many years, St Laurence’s has had a strong relationship with our facility at Kangaroo Point and it is heartening to see that tradition is still going. Their support for the work of St Vincent’s Foundation Queensland is an example of putting their school community out in front and literally going the extra kilometre to help those who need it the most.”
St Vincent’s Private Hospital Brisbane CEO Oli Steele, said the launch of the St Vincent’s Foundation Queensland was an important step for the leading health care and aged care provider in its ongoing commitment to providing care which was high quality, safe and holistic and which was centred on the needs of each patient and resident.
“We have a proud history of providing health care for over 160 years in Australia and for being connected to the needs of the community. The launch of the Foundation will provide us with a wonderful avenue to engage with the community and to use a philanthropic platform to provide for the many needs across four areas of the wonderful work of St Vincent’s Queensland,” Mr Steele said.
“This is such a wonderful gesture from the St Laurence’s College community and we applaud the students and staff for putting in a magnificent effort over many weeks of fundraising and a day of exertion to support us and I am sure our patients and residents will be uplifted and comforted by their efforts and compassion.”
Oli Steele - CEO of St Vincent's Private Hospital Northside and Brisbane
St Laurence’s College Principal, Mr Chris Leadbetter said the college was both proud and excited about the strong community partnership being built with St Vincent’s Private Hospital and St Vincent’s Hospital Foundation Queensland.
“The annual Walkathon event is one of the longest standing traditions in the St Laurence’s College community, dating back to 1968, although due to Covid, the last two years of the Walkathon have occurred virtually and the College is so excited to have its largest fundraising activity back in-person in 2022,” Mr Leadbetter said.
“Students have been working hard to raise money for the well-deserved charities. It’s an important connection because of the proximity of St Vincent’s Hospital to St Laurence’s College (less than 3km). Also, the fact that the mission and values of our two organisations align so closely, we see the relationship as potentially life-giving for both communities."
“It is our hope that this is the first step of a long and mutually beneficially partnership with the St Vincent’s Private Hospital and St Vincent’s Hospital Foundation Queensland.”
Chris Leadbetter - Principal St Laurence's College
There’s also a special personal connection between St Vincent’s and St Laurence’s with several hospital and health workers with sons attending the school who are stepping out in the walkathon.
Amanda Bromley is Allied Health Services Manager at St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Brisbane and her son Matthew is in Year 7 at St Laurence’s.
Mrs Bromley said the opportunity to have her son involved in an event that developed his sense of community and the importance of considering how the students could positively affect the lives of vulnerable people, was very special.
“The mission of St Vincent's fits perfectly in this, as we strive to provide care and support for people when they are most at need. I hope that the boys are able to consider the areas of the community that are in need of support and get a sense of satisfaction that they are actively contributing to benefit someone they may never meet”
Amanda Bromley - Allied Health Services Manager at St Vincent's Private Hospital Brisbane
St Vincent’s Foundation has identified some priority projects across four facilities - at St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane (building upgrades and a palliative biography program); St Vincent’s Northside (funding specialist care nurses at the Chermside hospital over five years); St Vincent’s Toowoomba (robotic surgery equipment and ICU equipment); and St Vincent Care’s aged care services (purpose built disability accommodation and assistive technology).