Port Macquarie couple Michael and Lesley Langer are urging locals to think local when donating to help improve health care.
And the Langers aren’t afraid to lead by example. They have donated a $4,700 vital signs monitor to Wauchope District Memorial Hospital.
And they know the device will help improve patient care for Port Macquarie, Wauchope and Camden Haven residents who are recovering from illness or injury in the hospital’s Rehabilitation Unit.
It’s not the first time the Langers have helped the hospital. Two years ago, they donated a $3000 blood pressure machine following a lengthy hospital stay for Mrs Langer’s mother Betty Wearne.
“We just want people who are considering making a donation in the health area to consider their local public hospital,” Mrs Langer said.
“It’s a terrific feeling to be able to help others, but there is something even more special about knowing your gift may help your neighbour, a family member or a friend.
“Our public hospitals provide an outstanding service, but if you ask the nurses or doctors there is often a piece of equipment they would like that would help improve health outcomes for their patients.”
The advanced touch-screen vital signs monitor detects pulse rate, blood pressure, temperature and respiration rate.
Mr Langer said he wanted the couple’s donation to serve as a reminder to other residents that individuals can support their local hospital; and when they do, it makes a big difference to all concerned.
Wauchope’s Director of Nursing/Executive Officer Ann Bodill and Rehabilitation/General Ward Acting Nursing Unit Manager Denise Holz gratefully accepted the Langers’ donation.
“We have terrific staff, who are always focused on the best outcomes for their patients. But often we see a generous person or organisation in our community come forward and say they want to help,” Ms Bodill said.
“I can’t begin to explain how big a difference this support makes, but I would like to assure anyone considering a donation to their local public hospital that every cent they give stays in the Hastings to help Hastings residents.
“Helping hospitals deliver constantly improving patient care is a team effort, and we at Wauchope District Memorial Hospital are very thankful for those locals who want to help.”
Anyone wanting further information about supporting their local hospital is encouraged to contact the Mid North Coast Local Health District’s Corporate Relations Manager Sharon Fuller on 6588 2943.