Seymour Health is celebrating 100 years of providing care to the Seymour and district community this month.
To recognise the historic event, the health service has partnered with Mitchell Shire Council and Go Seymour to develop a 100 Years campaign, showcasing the long and rich history of the hospital.
The campaign, running throughout November, aims to raise awareness of the significance of the 100-year event within the community.
The Seymour Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital was officially opened in May 1920. It was funded by a public subscription and leased to Matron LC Rutherford to treat ex-servicemen from World War One.
The promotional campaign will feature of range of activities and elements including a social media campaign inviting people to share their stories and memorabilia of the hospital over the years, and the creation of a professional mini documentary video exploring the hospital’s connection and place within the Seymour community.
A poster series has also been developed detailing the growth and development of the hospital from its humble beginnings in 1920 to the evolving health service that exists today. Posters will be displayed in shop front windows in Station Street, the hospital main entrance foyer and at the Seymour Library.
Seymour Health chief executive Ward Steet said it was important to recognise the occasion.
“This is a momentous occasion and it seems only fitting to pay special tribute to the integral role the hospital has played in the community through video and the various other aspects of the campaign,” he said.
“Without the contribution and support provided by the partnership with council and Go Seymour, this would not have been possible.
“I would like to thank the Seymour community for their support of the hospital and broader health service over many years, as it is this partnership that has ensured our ability to provide the high level of quality care to the community the health service is known for.
“Without that support, Seymour Health would not have been able to serve our community for the last 100 years.”
Mitchell Shire Council chief executive Brett Luxford said the staff and services the hospital had helped many people over the past 100 years.
“It is a wonderful health service that places its community at the heart of everything it does,” he said.
“It is a proud moment in time for all those past and present who have been part of this wonderful organisation and as a council we are pleased to be part of celebrating that success.”
Seymour Health invites the community to share as many stories as possible via the Facebook campaign to reflect the rich history, growth and development of the hospital throughout the past century.