Ballarat Health Services passes national accreditation with ‘merit’
Ballarat Health Services (BHS) has received formal advice from the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) that BHS has been awarded full accreditation status following a survey against the National Standards undertaken in February.
The full accreditation status applies until 1 April, 2018 and covers the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards as well as the National Mental Health Standards.
BHS met all 256 core requirements for accreditation, with 16 of the requirements being awarded ‘Met with Merit’ status.
‘Met with Merit’ status indicates that the surveyors saw examples of exceptional quality and a higher level of achievement than was required to meet the requirements.
Executive Director – Residential and Clinical Governance Services, Sue Gervasoni, said the result was a magnificent achievement.
“BHS has undertaken a significant amount of work over the past 18 months to prepare for the National Standards. We would like to acknowledg ...
Long serving BHS staff recognised
Ballarat Health Services’ long serving staff members have been recognised at a series of ceremonies this week.
In total, more than 280 staff with periods of service greater than ten years have been acknowledged, including 73 with 25 years or more service to BHS and its predecessors (The Base Hospital, The Queen Elizabeth Geriatric Centre and Lakeside Hospital).
One of the recipients being acknowledged at the ceremonies this week is Keryn Featherstone. Ms Featherstone has been employed at BHS for 40 years, originally training as a nurse at the Queen Elizabeth Centre, she has also undertaken an Allied Health Certificate. She has worked in many areas of BHS and currently works as an Allied Health Assistant at the Jim Gay Unit.
“Time has flown, I can still remember my first day. It’s a great workplace to be a part of,” she said.
Acting Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Kinnersly, said it was important to recognise the knowledge of long serving staff.
“Each year, we a ...
Join the Base Hospital Welcome Team
If you love meeting people and helping the community, Ballarat Health Services (BHS) is looking for additional volunteers to join the Base Hospital ‘Welcome Team’.
Located at the Base Hospital, the ‘Welcome Team’ is playing an important role during the redevelopment of the hospital by assisting, guiding and escorting patients and visitors to their destination.
BHS Volunteer Services Manager, Sue Jakob, said the role would suit people who enjoying helping people.
“Since we implemented our Welcome Team last year, the response from patients and visitors has been overwhelmingly positive.
“In response to feedback, we are now increasing the number of volunteers rostered onto the Welcome Team to assist our established volunteers.
“With a number of access changes taking place across BHS, the Welcome Team performs a vital role in ensuring people coming to the hospital can find their way to the clinics, wards and other areas of the hospital,” Ms Jakob said.
Base Hospital access
To access all wards and clinics, you can enter the hospital via:
The Mair Street car park entrance (adjacent to Radiology) and take the purple lifts or
The Sturt Street entrance, take the blue lift to level one and follow the red line to the purple lifts to wards and clinics
Patient drop off zones are available in the Mair Street carpark and outside the Sturt Street entry.
For access to the Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre, Pharmacy, Dialysis and Ballarat Consulting Suites, enter via the Sturt Street ground floor.
Entry to the Emergency Department is via Mair Street.
Car parking is available in the Mair Street multi-storey car park
Disabled parking is available on the ground level of the Mair Street carpark and in front of the Sturt Steet entrance of the hospital
Limited free and metered parking is available in surrounding streets