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Celebrating 150 years

Libby Fifis looking through 150 years of NHW memorabilia
CEO Libby Fifis looking through 150 years of NHW memorabilia.

Community members are invited to help Northeast Health Wangaratta (NHW) celebrate its 150th anniversary.

2022 marks 150 years since our hospital opened on the Green Street site NHW currently occupies.

To celebrate the occasion, NHW will hold a community event at the Wangaratta Performing Arts and Convention Centre (WPACC) on Wednesday, 7 December from 10am – 2pm.

The theme of the event is “Building on healthy foundations”, offering an opportunity for community members to get a glimpse into the past, present and future of the health service.

NHW Chief Executive Officer Libby Fifis said after two and a half years of restricted entry and emergency response to COVID-19, the event was a chance for NHW to re-engage with the community.

“We are delighted that Dr Helen Haines MP, Independent Federal Member for Indi will be our guest at the event and will be reflecting on her connection as a past nurse and midwife at NHW over many years”, Ms Fifis said.

As well as several interactive displays, there will also be a “gratitude wall” for staff and community members to post messages of thanks, and the much-loved Friends of the Hospital will be selling their Christmas puddings and other delights.

“We’re showcasing the role NHW has played, and continues to play in the community,” Ms Fifis said.

“To do that we will be displaying items from the past, running several interactive displays and really taking that chance to engage with community members interested in NHW.”

School groups and job seekers will be encouraged to attend, with the event offering a chance to talk to staff from areas of the hospital including support services, nursing and Allied Health, while NHW’s recruitment team will also be on hand to talk about how to join our “talent community” in order to be considered for future roles. “If you’re passing by the WPACC on Wednesday, 7 December, please pop in and say hello.”

The event is free to attend.