Lifeblood 2018 is a valuable record of our excellent staff doing what they do best. These images are a lasting tribute to the expertise and empathy our employees bring to their jobs every day. That humanity has been a constant in a year of great change. The commitment to safe, quality care has bound us together even as the facilities in which we work alter dramatically. New hospital infrastructure is springing up on time and on budget at Blacktown and Westmead. These developments will have a huge impact on the future of healthcare in western Sydney. The University of Sydney has partnered with the NSW Government to establish a second campus as part of a leading international health, education and research precinct in Westmead. New transport services inside the boundaries of our district will bring ease of access to healthcare for patients and staff alike.We are building toward a bright future and 2018 will be remembered as a pivotal year.
What a year we have had – the joy of living and working on a building site has been fully tested by the new hospitals rising out of the ground at both Blacktown and Westmead, matched by the great works completed at Mount Druitt and to a smaller degree in many of our other facilities. While buildings may be important, it is people that care, and people that need care, people that make you cry, and people that make you laugh. We have all of these people in our hospitals and recorded in the pages of this publication. No one wants to come to hospital if they don’t have to, but the people who come to give of their time to support those less fortunate are special and we are very lucky that our community has so many.
Acting Chief executive Graeme Loy
Board chair Richard Alcock
Board deputy chair Prof Jeremy Chapman