Freemasons support Hume Digital ECG project

Wangaratta Freemasons supported by the Freemasons Foundation have donated $10,000 to the Hume Digital ECG program in the Northeast of Victoria.

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Pictured from left: Tim Griffiths Deputy CEO and Margaret Bennett CEO of Northeast Health, Mark Reynolds and Bill Ahearn from Freemasons Wangaratta.

Urgent Care Centres at Alpine Health (Myrtleford, Bright and Mt Beauty) now have Digital ECG machines to record heart traces and link in real-time to Northeast Health Wangaratta to speed up diagnosis and treatment for rural patients with chest pain and heart conditions. The burden of heart disease in the Hume region is higher than other rural regions in Victoria. An important feature of this service is getting high-quality images of heart traces to specialists almost instantly. This reduces precious time in getting patients the correct care.

The first stage of this project is complete and has been very successful. Stages 2 and 3 now need to be implemented. Hospitals including Beechworth, Benalla, Yarrawonga, Mansfield and Wodonga are in Stage 2, and Shepparton, Cobram, Seymour, Yea and Kilmore are in Stage 3.

Wangaratta Lodge of St John and Sir Dallas Brooks Daylight Lodge have each contributed their $5,000 Community Grant from the Freemasons Foundation which is designed to assist a worthwhile local community project. Beechworth Lodge of St John has also donated their $5,000 Community Grant to Northeast Health to assist Beechworth Hospital as part of a rollout of the Digital ECG Program.

To further assist with Northeast Health’s rollout of the program to hospitals in the Northeast, the Wangaratta Lodge of St John will conduct a Gala Dinner at the Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre on the 20th July 2019.

The public is invited to the dinner and your ticket will include; Canapes on arrival, Premium Three course dinner and all refreshments. Entertainment will be provided by Rodney Vincent. Information regarding the DECG Program will be provided by Associate Professor Les Bolitho, consultant physician, who is one of the driving forces behind the rollout of the program. Mr Andrew McPhee from Freemasons Victoria will also speak. There will be a Silent Auction conducted and Lucky Door Prizes.

All funds raised from this dinner will be donated to the Northeast Health Digital ECG Program.  Tickets are $140 per head or $1,000 for a table of 8 and are available from the Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre at or Phone 5722 8105.