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Private cash call By Cam Lucadou-Wells Casey Council is considering a $100,000 donation towards equipment at a new private hospital in Berwick. The $120 million St John of God Berwick Hospital, with 210 new beds as well as operating theatres and birthing suites, is under construction at Kangan Drive. The council is considering the donation to the St John of God Foundation, which is aiming to raise $5 million for cancer and cardiac units. Casey’s decision will be considered in light of whether the council achieves a surplus for the 2016-'17 financial year. Mayor Sam Aziz, who led the motion, said the hospital would introduce the only dedicated cancer and cardiac units in Casey, empowering and improving the quality of life for local patients. “It gives those patients, for the first time, the opportunity to get these critical treatments near their homes.” For these “terrible diseases”, much of the battle was mental as well as physical, he said. St John of God was also seeking to invest in breast cancer treatments that would allow patients to preserve their hair, their dignity and selfesteem, Cr Aziz said. Casey had already collaborated with the organisation to fast-track planning approval for the hospital, and was in a position to help patients get the best available recovery chance, he said. “It’s a small amount of money relative to our own ($400 million) budget,” Cr Aziz said of the potential donation. Cr Wayne Smith was originally concerned about donating to a private hospital. Its services might be unaffordable to about half the population who were uninsured, he said. Cr Smith was placated by assurances that the hospital would accept public patients. Cr Tim Jackson said he wanted the issue addressed in a council report before voting on the donation. The hospital is expected to open in late 2017.
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In a kind of ’band-aid solution’, Victoria Police officers have got stuck in to brighten young patients’ stays at Casey Hospital. Inspector Don Brown, of Casey region police, presented a mountainous donation of 235 cartons of novelty band-aids to the hospital on 8 June. Local police members had also donated 235 boxes to Dandenong Hospital’s children’s ward recently.
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Nurse Samantha Fruzynski, nursing deputy director Ellen Heywood, nurse Dionne Sroczynski, 17-month-old patient Scarlett, Casey police's Inspector Don Brown, nurse Kaye Johnstone and nursing director Trish Dito with some of the assorted band-aids. 169352 Picture: STEWART CHAMBERS