Lifeblood 2017 is a collection of just some of the stories that describe the connection of our healthcare service to the community this past year.This remarkable compendium is a tribute to our staff who delivered more than two million occasions of service to help many individuals and families with health needs.Our purpose is to improve the health of consumers and communities or provide support and comfort if that is what’s required.It is also important to create a record for posterity of this time of enormous change and opportunity in the central city of Sydney.What is striking as you move through these wonderful photos is the humanity and generosity of spirit that informs each page.I would like to extend my recognition and gratitude to all our staff for their hard work this year. I would also like to acknowledge the expertise of our communications team for conceiving and delivering Lifeblood 2017.
In these pages you will find the diversity of our health system – the tears and the smiles, the fear and the relief that comes with healthcare - both for the people we serve and the staff in our hospitals.You will find signs of the diversity of backgrounds of our community and you will see a little of the diversity of what we do.You will also find that we are replacing old with new across our facilities, new car parking and new wards, new radiotherapy machines and new clinics.These pictures show change, show improvements, and show the care we provide to our community, but they cannot show you everything we do, for that you must see for yourself.
Chief executive Danny O’Connor
Board chair Richard Alcock
Board deputy chair Prof Jeremy Chapman