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The Upper Clutha Hospice Trust’s Stina Mooyman Palliative Care Suite was opened on September 30 by Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean, as part of the opening ceremony of the Aspiring Enliven Care Centre on Cardrona Valley Rd in Wanaka.
As the neither the Trust’s Foundation Donor Stina Mooyman or her Trustee Mr John Harrington could attend the opening, Jacqui Dean was assisted by Betty Swift of Wanaka a friend of Stina’s from Stina’s first days as a new immigrant in NZ in 1956.
Russell McGeorge Chair of the UCHT noted that “The opening of the Suite was the culmination of three years hard work by the Trust to turn Bev Rudkin’s idea into a reality”.
Following the opening, the invited guests explored the Aspiring Enliven Care Centre and the Trust’s Suite and all were most impressed by these new facilities for Wanaka.
A public open day was held on October 1 to allow the public to view the new facilities before patients started to be admitted on October 3, and many Wanaka residents took the opportunity to visit the new facilities.
The first patient to use the Suite was admitted from Dunstan Hospital on October 5.