Happy birthday to Auburn Hospital which is celebrating its 114th year of saving lives, birthing babies and transforming healthcare for our community.
Staff celebrated today, 23 May 2022, with snags and smiles.
Debra Smith has been at Auburn Hospital for 27 years and opened a pre-admission clinic there when it was just a new concept across the state.
Debra, Nursing Unit Manager of the Pre-admission Clinic and Day Procedure Unit, considers Auburn Hospital “part of the family” and is proud “to be able to assist the community with their pre-admission”.
“The clinic helps patients be at their optimum health prior to their elective surgery,” said Debra.
“The friendliness and empathy the staff show to their patients and one another is the thing I like most about Auburn Hospital.”
Although she’s set to retire next month, Debra leaves a wonderful legacy and can recount some memorable moments, including being part of the commissioning team for the new Auburn Hospital where a “lady delivered 20 minutes after we got across from the old hospital to the new,” she recalled.
Fellow nurse manager, Angela Murphy has been working at Auburn Hospital for 41 years.
She’s worked across midwifery, cardiac and in-patient flow management and has loved every minute of being at the hospital.
“Auburn Hospital has a very family orientated feel to it,” said Angela.
There’s a lot of people who have been here a very long time; we’ve got people who leave to try elsewhere but generally come back to us at some point!
“Everyone is kind, hardworking, diligent and fun to be working with as well.”
Angela’s most special memory was around five years ago when she was dealing with her own cancer diagnosis.
She said the staff were tremendous in showing their care with visits to her home, flowers, continual drop offs of food parcels.
“I was overwhelmed to see that so many people cared, but I wasn’t surprised as that’s the way the Auburn staff care for their patients and families,” she said.