Ararat Branch of Victoria Police Blue Ribbon says goodbye to EGHS chief executive

Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation Ararat branch member Nick Bush has been presented with a Certificate of Appreciation, acknowledging his seven years’ service to the Foundation in Ararat.

Nick has resigned his position as chief executive of East Grampians Health Service and will be taking up the position of chief executive of Echuca Regional Health.

During his time with the Ararat branch and the health service, Nick has seen hundreds of thousands of dollars donated to East Grampians Health Service for a variety of equipment.

This has included $150,000 for an Image Intensifier and Computerised Radiography for the ‘John McNally’ Medical Imaging Department, $50,000 for a new Microscope for the Peri-operative Unit, and $150,000 towards the purchase of a new CT scanner, also for the ‘John McNally’ Medical Imaging Department. 

One of his proudest moments was the opening the Jason Bond Perioperative Unit, which the Ararat branch contributed $150,000 towards.

The project included the redesign and refurbishment of the theatre recovery and day procedure areas to improve workflow for the increasing number of day stay patients. 

Completed in 2017, the unit was ultimately named in memory of a local young man, Jason Bond who had only been a member of Victoria Police for a short time, a police officer in training who died as a result of a motor vehicle accident in 2011.

Nick said it had been wonderful to be welcomed by such a vibrant group of community members.

“The funds raised and community events held is great for East Grampians Health Service and the community,” Nick said.

“The purchase by the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation Ararat Branch of equipment gives the health service a real boost.

“I thank them all very much, particularly the President Terry Weeks and Hon Secretary Dianne Radford, for their drive and passion for the Foundation and EGHS.”