From June 2015, the Australian Vietnamese Health Professionals Association of Victoria (AVHPA) has led an outstanding community fundraising appeal to support Critical Care Services at Sunshine Hospital. Dr Hoang Huy Huynh, President of the AVHPA and Director of Sunshine Hospital Critical Care Appeal, and Dr Nhan Phuc Pham, Past President of AVHPA and Appeal Coordinator, brought together a diverse and highly enthusiastic group from health, the business sector, religious groups and the Vietnamese Community Associations. The Venerable Thich Phước Tấn OAM, Abbott of the Braybrook Buddhist Temple, has been most enthusiastic about the appeal which he feels will help build stronger bonds between Sunshine Hospital and the Vietnamese community. Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen, Leader of the Catholic community in St Albans, has also been actively involved in supporting the initiative. We are pleased to announce that the group have raised in excess of $240,000 which has funded the purchase of new high-tech equipment for acute care services at Sunshine Hospital. The Appeal will fund a high resolution Digital Ultrasound Kiosk; a Sentinel Node 'Navigator' System for cancer staging; and a Rotem system, which provides point of care coagulation control for women with high risk pregnancies.
To recognise their contribution a special celebratory reception was held on 14 December to mark the success of the Appeal. Dr Hoang Huy Huynh, Dr Nhan Phuc Pham, Past President of AVHPA and Appeal Coordinator and The Venerable Thich Phước Tấn OAM, Abbott of the Braybrook Buddhist Temple, said a few words about how the Appeal has built stronger bonds between Sunshine Hospital and the Vietnamese community and how pleased they were with the result and support they received from the community.
Associate Professor Craig French; Director of ICU Services; Claire Culley, General Manager, Peri-Operative Care and Critical Care Services; and David Jones, Director of Western Health Foundation thanked all guests for their contribution and highlighted the difference that the achievement would make to Western Health patients.
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