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Media Statement: Medtronic Scholarships Support Best Practice at Healthscope Hospitals

4 May 2010

Promoting the Healthscope ethos to provide the highest possible standard of care and create an opportunity for staff to work in a professional and productive environment, Medtronic Australasia has donated $125,000 to support 20 nursing scholarships in 2010.

“At Medtronic we recognise the importance of continual education for healthcare professionals to keep abreast of medical best practice,” said Jamie Stanistreet, Managing Director, Medtronic Australasia. “We are proud to support Healthscope’s efforts to assist staff deliver quality care to patients”.

The scholarships which will support placements at Melbourne Private Hospital, John Fawkner Private Hospital and Knox Private Hospital, have been awarded to graduate and post-graduate positions within nursing speciality areas – ‘intensive care (IC)’, ‘cardiothoracic’ and ‘accident and emergency’ – to promote advanced clinical practice skills among Healthscope staff.

“This training ensures that our beds in the IC and cardiothoracic units are kept open,” said Hammish Manning, Director of Nursing, Melbourne Private Hospital. “Further, the support of Medtronic for these scholarships supports the Healthscope culture of growing our staff and nurturing their development within specialty areas.

“Staff awards reinforce the great appreciation we have for our staff at all levels. Through recognising our more junior staff members we hope this not only aids their professional development but promotes a long-term commitment to the delivery of quality healthcare to patients in Healthscope hospitals.”

Recipients will either graduate mid-year or at the end of 2010. The scholarship contributes to educational course fees upon completion of 12 months employment with the selected hospital.

Click here to visit the Healthscope website.


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