On 1 June 2005, Epworth Eastern opened its doors with much anticipation for what the future would hold. Two days later, the operating suite welcomed its first patient for surgery.
Happy birthday Epworth Eastern!
Some of the achievements of Epworth Eastern over the last ten years include being the first to perform the following clinical procedures:
- Robotic gynyaecology surgery — Mr Tom Manolitsas
- First bone anchored hearing aid implant — Dr Sherryl Wagstaff
- Robotic bariatric surgery — Mr Patrick Moore and Mr Anthony Clough
- Pulmonx valve insertion for patients with advanced emphysema — Dr Nick Wilsmore
- Thoracic robotic surgery — Dr Siven Seevanayagam
Epworth Eastern has grown from a staff of 250 in 2005 to employing 768 staff today. Many of our dedicated staff have been here since the hospital opened and constantly demonstrate their adaptability to change with the demands of such a dynamic organisation. Our staff pride themselves on delivering the Epworth Experience — caring with compassion, dignity and excellence — to our patients and their families.
Since 2009, hospital staff have volunteered to assist the Salvation Army with its dinners for those in need, and have been involved in the Winter Appeal. Staff have generously donated blankets, jumpers, coats and non-perishable food in the winter months and then lend their generosity to the annual Christmas Appeal in early December. This always results in boxes full of toys, toiletries and other special Christmas items that are gratefully accepted by UnitingCare and the Boorondara Community Outreach Program to assist their work with the homeless and those with mental health issues and disabilities.
For the last two years Epworth Eastern has also donated Easter eggs to Mirabel Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation that supports children who have been orphaned or abandoned due to parental drug use.
Epworth Eastern continues to offer exceptional care and support our community. Let’s take the time to reflect and celebrate the amazing things that we have achieved over the past ten years.
We look forward to the next ten years!