Newly-announced Director of the Nursing and Midwifery Department, Shane Widloecher, shares her vision for Rouse Hill Hospital

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Western Sydney will soon be home to Rouse Hill Hospital, a facility that will boast an impressive list of services – from emergency care and in-patient beds, to virtual consultations and rehabilitation programs.

The Pulse recently sat down with Shane Widloecher, the newly-appointed Director of Nursing and Midwifery, to delve into her role, aspirations, and vision for nursing and midwifery services at Rouse Hill Hospital.

The Pulse (TP): Tell us a bit about your career journey up to this point.

Shane Widloecher (SW): Over the past 29 years, I’ve held various clinical and leadership roles in health, including Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife, Clinical Nurse Educator, Clinical Nurse Consultant, and Quality and Patient Safety Manager. Most recently, I served as the Operational Nurse Manager at Campbelltown Hospital. I began my current role as Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Rouse Hill Hospital in February of this year.

TP: What excites you most about this role?

I’m thrilled to lead a team dedicated to providing high-quality care that positively impacts individuals’ lives in the Rouse Hill community.

TP: What motivated you to join the team at Rouse Hill Hospital and WSLHD?

SW: I was drawn to Rouse Hill Hospital and WSLHD because of the commitment to excellence in healthcare, innovation, and making a meaningful difference in patients’ lives.

TP: Can you outline your vision for the role within Rouse Hill Hospital and how it aligns with WSLHD’s mission?

My vision is to create an innovative healthcare model at Rouse Hill Hospital that prioritises the well-being of our community, patients, and staff, aligning with WSLHD’s mission of providing excellent healthcare.

TP: How do you see Rouse Hill Hospital addressing community needs and improving patient outcomes?

SW: Rouse Hill Hospital aims to address community needs and enhance patient outcomes by building a patient-centred facility and actively involving the community in planning and feedback processes. We encourage community members to engage with us through our website and participate in shaping the future of healthcare delivery at Rouse Hill Hospital.

TP: What is special about our western Sydney community?

SW: Western Sydney is a culturally diverse and vibrant community that embraces diversity, connecting various cultural backgrounds with nature and city living.

If you would like more information about the progress of the Rouse Hill Hospital development, or to become more involved in the process, visit https://www.wslhd.health.nsw.gov.au/About-Us/rouse-hill-hospital and https://www.hinfra.health.nsw.gov.au/projects/project-search/rouse-hill-hospital.