Nurses quarters unveiled

Cooma Lions Club are joined by Antje Badger (front left), Cooma Hospital Services Manager, and Member for Monaro John Barilaro (far right) for the opening of the new nurses' living quarters.

Cooma Lions Club are joined by Antje Badger (front left), Cooma Hospital Services Manager, and Member for Monaro John Barilaro (far right) for the opening of the new nurses' living quarters.

COOMA Lions Club has gone along way to improving the quality of local health services, unveiling the refurbished Cooma Hospital Nurses Quarters in an official opening on Monday, July 21.

The nurse's living area underwent a major transformation since the Lions began the project late last year. They completely rewired the building and redesigned a new, state of the art kitchen.

Hospital staff say the improved living areas will attract more professional health workers to the region. Health Service Manager Antje Badger believes the Lions Club has gone a long way to improving future health services offered in the community.

"The Lions Club project has made the nurses area very comfortable for our existing staff, and it's also important when looking to increase our student numbers," Ms Badger said.

"We have staff who stay here for the night, for them it's a lovely thing."

The Lions Club undertook this major project after a number of community health meetings raised concerns about the previous living conditions for the hospital's staff. The refurbishments came about courtesy of a $57,000 Community Building Partnership Grant via the state government.

Chris Reeks from the Lions Club oversaw the project which finished up with $100,000 worth of renovations completed.

"There was a need to improve the living quarters, the hospital can now attract more staff and make their stay more enjoyable," Mr Reeks said.

"This was very important to the Lions and will benefit the community.

"We re-modelled, re-wired the building and put in the new kitchen model. The lounge room was also refurbished."

The Lions Club contributed 25 members who put in over 800 hours of volunteer labour, allowing the project to see the light of day.

Already the refurbished living quarters is reaping rewards for the hospital, providing accommodation for up to seven nurses attending a clinical school in midwifery.

Member for Monaro John Barilaro congratulated the Lions Club for their work in improving the living space for the hospital's nurses.

"It's great to be back here to see how this project has developed. The old nurses quarters were in need of a facelift and to see the work that's been done to freshen up the place is exciting," Mr Barilaro said.

"The Lions has taken a $50,000 grant and turned the work into something more like $150,000 worth of work.

"The beauty of the Community Building Partnerships program is that it gives organisations like the Lions the opportunity to tackle projects they otherwise couldn't pursue without financial assistance."

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