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Generous contribution helps establish hospital foundation

A DONATION of $100,000 is the first major contribution to the recently established South Gippsland Hospital Community Foundation.

Directors of the Foundation have expressed their thanks to long-time Corner Inlet resident Mrs Yukiko Soderlund for her contribution in memory of her late husband, Jim.

The Community Foundation has been established as a perpetual fund to manage donations and bequests to the hospital. Gifts will be invested to ensure long term funding is available to support and develop viable services for current and future generations of Foster and district communities. Interest and income returns will be available to fund equipment purchases and support community services.

The Foundation is a separate entity from the hospital and is currently governed by a board of directors made up of Neil Roussac, Clive White, Bruce Lester and Peter Rushen.

In the past year the hospital averaged 97 admissions per month, received 2649 Urgent Care presentations, performed 113 theatre cases and assisted with 75 births.  The Community Health Centre provided 24 different services and supplied 13,870 hours of community support.

Whilst South Gippsland Hospital is a government funded organisation, many of these services are either unfunded or only partially funded by the federal or state government. The hospital therefore relies on the generosity of community support to continue delivery of these important services.

Establishment of the Community Foundation will enable bequests and donations to be recognised in perpetuity and ensure the local community retains the full benefit of the contributions.

The organisation is happy to work with people to ensure their planned gift meets their needs and has the greatest impact at the hospital. For further information please contact your solicitor, accountant or Foundation Director Peter Rushen on 5683 9777 or visit


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