Two New Life Governors For Portland District Health

Photo from left: Chris Giles-CEO, Ros Jones-Life Governor & Michelle Kearney-Board President
Photos from Left: Chris Giles-CEO, Maureen Allan-Life Governor & Michelle Kearney-Board President
Friday, 10 November 2017
A former long-serving staff member and a dedicated volunteer have been made life governors of Portland District Health.

Ros Jones, who worked for PDH for 22 years, and volunteer Maureen Allan received the prestigious life governor badges at the PDH annual meeting on November 9.

Ms Jones first worked for PDH in the 1980s as a division two nurse and returned in 2002 to take on several leadership roles, including acting CEO, Director of Corporate Service for seven years, quality and infection control coordinator, hotel/environmental services manager and registered Division 1 nurse. She also worked tirelessly on the Blue Ribbon helipad project.

Ms Jones left PDH in April this year to become CEO at Heywood Rural Health.

CEO Chris Giles said Ms Jones had shown dedication and leadership and undertaken exceptional work to maintain and improve the services and care PDH provides.

We thank Ros Jones for her passion and commitment to our health service, she said.

Ms Allan has been involved in the PDH Telecare volunteer program for the past 23 years.

She started as a volunteer with the Portland and District Community Health Centre in 1994 with the Telecare program and has continued in this volunteering role ever since.

Telecare is a telephone service providing reassurance and social support for aged/disabled persons who live at home.

Ms Giles described Ms Allan as a strong advocate for volunteering and for the Telecare program.

Maureen has promoted the program through involvement in outside community groups and on an individual basis, speaking informally to potential clients to make them aware of the program and the benefits they may experience, she said.

Ms Allan will retire from her volunteering in December.

We thank Maureen Allan for your commitment and dedication, Ms Giles said.

A life governorship is the most prestigious award available to a person providing outstanding and continued long services to Portland District Health. Since 1961, PDH has recorded 196 life governors. There are currently 37 surviving life governors.

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