Generous donation supports Cardiac services


Cardiac services have received a further boost at Bass Coast Health (BCH) following a significant donation from a generous benefactor.

The late Norman Martell bequeathed $404,000 to BCH to improve Cardiac services in our community.

The generous donation enhances the availability of state-of-the-art equipment for use in our Cardiac and Stress Echo services. The donation has enabled the purchase of patient monitors, an echo cardiograph, ECG halters and renovations to the rooms at Wonthaggi Hospital, to the value of $404,000.

BCH Operations Director Kirsten Weinzierl and Cardiologist Dr Hitesh Patel expressed their sincere appreciation to Mr Martell’s wife Lyn Martell, when she visited Wonthaggi Hospital recently.

“Currently, several cardiology clinics run across our Wonthaggi and Cowes sites, for which the monitors are in high demand,” Dr Patel said.

“We are also very excited to announce the new Echo Cardiograph machine will be in operation at our Wonthaggi site soon, pending accreditation.”

Renovations to the Ambulatory Care entrance at Wonthaggi Hospital and refurbishment to existing space in this area will ensure our Cardiac team can provide an even higher level of care to our community.

“We are so grateful to Mr and Mrs Martell for this overwhelmingly generous donation that will significantly benefit our community by allowing for the early detection of Cardiac conditions and the management of existing Cardiac conditions for our community closer to their homes,” Ms Weinzierl said.

“Bass Coast Health is striving hard to bring an even greater range of health services to our sites at Wonthaggi and Cowes to save our valued community members the time and hassle of having to travel further afield to such locations as Melbourne and the Latrobe Valley for medical services.

“The expansion of our Cardiac services is a perfect example of that and it would not have been possible without this touching support of the Martell family.”

Lyn Martell said, “I am pleased to see this donation is valued and will help other patients suffering from Cardiac conditions. I have a long connection with Wonthaggi Hospital and I am grateful for the thanks and appreciation from the staff.”