PDH Recognised For It's Compassionate Care

Monday, 24 July 2017
Portland District Health was lauded for its compassionate care of families in their time of need.

PDH received today an employers award from Compassionate Friends to recognise its support of people who have lost a child or sibling.

Nurse and founder of the Portland branch of Compassionate Friends, Sharon Cole, nominated PDH for the award, with particular mention of the nursing staff in the Sub-Acute (South Ward).

Sharon Cole started the local group after the loss of her son and said the award reflected her experiences during the family tragedy and was also lodged on behalf Jenny Arnold who lost her daughter Maddy in an accident about 12 months ago. Nurses from South Ward catered for the funeral and PDH provided flowers and ongoing support and counselling for Jenny. The same support was shown from the other nurses when Sharon went back to work.

The award is recognition to PDH and its staff for their compassion, highlighting something really special that has come out of a devastating situation.

Compassionate Friends is a support group for people who have lost children and siblings. Mrs Cole said people who have lost a child require support and can reach out to Compassionate Friends.

The Portland branch can be contacted 0428 349 550. Compassionate Friends volunteer groups coordinator Andrew McNess presented the award to Natalie Herbertson and nursing staff in South Ward at 1pm today.

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