Bundaberg Cardiac Catheter Lab celebrates 10-year milestone

Many lives have been saved at The Friendlies Cardiac Investigations Unit since it opened 10 years ago on 6 November 2012. Melbourne Cup Day in 2012 was a lucky one for Bundaberg punters when Dr Andre Conradie from GenesisCare fulfilled a long-term vision to establish a Cardiac Catheter Lab in Bundaberg. After years of planning and a phased introduction, he obtained government approval to start operating at The Friendlies. A Cardiac Catheter Lab is a specialised procedure environment where cardiologistsMore

The Friendlies support people with disabilities

Friendlies CEO Simone Finch says there needs to be ongoing investment to support people living with a disability and their carers. In 2021, 9478 people (or 9.6% of the population) in the Bundaberg Region reported needing help in their day-to-day lives due to disability, up from 8.3% in 2016. Ms Finch welcomed the United Nations’ theme for this year’s International Day of People with Disability, saying it echoes the health service’s commitment to transformation, innovation and equity. The UN observedMore

Friendlies Hospital charts bold future vision

The Friendly Society Private Hospital has reported a year of consolidation and growth despite Covid-related challenges and outlines a bold future vision. The hospital’s 2021-22 annual report reveals expansion plans, including a larger pharmacy site and the establishment of a GP clinic. The organisation recorded total revenue of $85,187,797 in 2021-22, up nearly $4.5m on the previous year. Profit after income tax was $156,621, down from the previous year because of Covid impacts and rising costs. Board chair Barry DangerfieldMore

Lots of winners at Friendlies Foundation Golf Day

The Friendlies Foundation Charity Golf Day at Bundaberg Golf Club was again a successful fundraiser and a fun community event. The turn-out of 140 participants in 35 teams was on par with previous years, despite being postponed from October due to adverse weather. Friendlies CEO Simone Finch thanked golfers, staff and volunteers who assisted. “The popular annual Golf Day was again a sell-out, proving our business community values this event as an opportunity to network and raise funds for theMore
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