St Vincent’s cares for more than 100,000 people each year, and many of those patients are among the poorest and most vulnerable in our community.
Aimee was one such patient. A young mother, Aimee had terminal cancer and was admitted to St Vincent’s just before Christmas last year. Her husband had walked out when she was diagnosed with cancer, leaving Aimee and her two young boys very much alone.
Knowing this would be the last Christmas Aimee could share with her children, our nurses stepped in to make sure it was a time filled with love and family. The team arranged to move Aimee from a shared ward to a private room. Using their own money, they bought a Christmas tree and some presents for her and her sons. Secretly, our nurses also arranged for her sons to stay in the adjoining room on Christmas Eve so they could join their mum on Christmas morning.
Across St Vincent’s there are countless stories of our staff quietly going above and beyond their professional duties in their care for our patients. We know that healthcare is about more than treating symptoms, and we want to make sure our staff always have the support they need to make a difference in our patients’ lives. That’s why we set up the Good Samaritan Fund.
The Good Samaritan Fund helps our most disadvantaged patients. Whether it be purchasing new clothes, providing hotel accommodation for relatives from rural areas, or even a last holiday for a terminally ill patient and their partner, the Fund is there to make a lasting impression on the wellbeing of our patients and their families.
Over the past year, over 200 generous staff members have contributed more than $25,000 to the Fund. This has made it possible to go the extra mile for many of our poorest and disadvantaged patients, some directly and others through general support given at ward level through the provision of clothing and vouchers to improve patient comfort and recovery when they leave hospital.
We’re now giving you the chance to be a St Vincent’s Good Samaritan by supporting our Christmas Appeal for the Good Samaritan Fund.
St Vincent’s Hospital’s Director of Mission, Lisa McDonald says, ‘I am very grateful that my work allows me to witness the caring and kindness of our staff every day. A key part of our Mission is our care for the poor and vulnerable, but I am very aware that the demand is so great that we haven’t always been able to go the extra mile for every person in need. That’s why the Good Samaritan Fund is so important – the help the Fund gives to our disadvantaged patients is so practical, and so meaningful, it makes me even more proud to be part of this amazing hospital.’
You too can help people like Aimee by donating to the Good Samaritan Fund. Please support the efforts of our staff to make life better for patients who are facing hardship and adversity.
Please visit our website www.stvfoundation.org.au/goodsamaritanfund or call St Vincent’s Foundation on (03) 9231 3365.