Hospital Chairman Richard Hancock.
What do Florence Nightingale and the McLaren Vale & Districts War Memorial Hospital have in common? A lot really.
On 12th May the nurses celebrated International Nurses' Day, which is held annually throughout the world on Florence Nightingale's birthday.
Florence Nightingale was born in 1820 and was the founder of modern nursing. Her nursing work in the Crimean War in the mid 1850's was particularly recognised for the personal care she gave to the sick and wounded, including improving sanitation and catering conditions for the soldiers. Florence was known as the 'Lady with the Lamp' and the 'Angel of the Crimea'.
Our nursing, catering and domestic staff carry out the same excellent services started by Florence
Nightingale, in a hospital that was built 100 years after the Crimean War in recognition of all those who served in past wars. These staff are also supported by administration and maintenance personnel, who, together with our volunteers, ensure that the Hospital functions in an efficient and effective manner.
As an aside, Florence Nightingale was a renowned statistician who was the first to use graphical presentations to show results, health trends and so on in her nursing work. Hospital accreditation today very much depends on demonstrating results in a similar way.
Perhaps over time the significance of our Hospital being built as a 'living' war memorial has been somewhat lost on the community. However, plans are currently being developed to remind us all of this significance, including revamping the war memorial site in the front Hospital gardens. More will be said on this in the next issue of the Pulse magazine.
Meanwhile, on behalf of the Board and the community I wish to thank all of our Hospital staff and volunteers for quietly achieving Florence Nightingale's vision which was about developing a spirit of excellence in patient care.