The Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson announced the start of building an extension to the aged care area at Walcha Hospital.

Mr Anderson said the extensions are an accolade to Walcha community stalwarts Blue and Jean Hogan and the project will be funded by their family.

“The extensions will also involve utilising an unoccupied room adjacent the lounge to further extend the area, together with other minor improvements.

“The area is used by Elizabeth Crosse Wing residents and their families.

“These changes will enhance the work environment for staff¬ and residents’ comfort and the work has been warmly welcomed by the sta¬ff, residents and their families.

“Building began at the beginning of November and is expected to be completed in coming months.

“This project is a tribute to Jean and Blue Hogan who for many years published the local newspaper up till 1977 and they were involved in many town activities.

“Blue was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for services to the community, and researched the history for the centenary year of the hospital.

“Jean was a patron of the Hospital Younger Set auxiliary and someone who always had the community’s best interests at heart.

“I’m delighted to see this work begin in the construction of this extension. I also want to congratulate and thank the Hogan family for their contribution to Walcha which will honour Blue and Jean Hogan’s name,” Mr Anderson concluded.

Hunter New England Area Health’s Rural and Regional Health Services Executive Director, Susan Heyman welcomed the start of the work.

“On behalf of Walcha Hospital and the Health District, I’d like to extend our sincerest thanks to the Hogan family for this very generous donation. 

“It has been a pleasure to work with the Hogan family and Kevin Anderson to bring this project to fruition and I look forward to revealing the result to our patients in the coming months,” Ms Heyman said.

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