Foundation grant provides comfortable space for visitors

27 Nov 2020

The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at University Hospital Geelong were a recipient of the inaugural Barwon Health Foundation grant round earlier this year. Their grant application was to create a more inviting, comfortable space for visitors attending the unit.

The ICU visitors space is a very important area for our patient’s loved ones and the team wanted to give it a less clinical and more inviting atmosphere.

An Aboriginal art piece by local Aboriginal artist Ammie Howell was commissioned and the ICU team were thrilled to receive the piece, titled “Colours of Country” during NAIDOC week.

The team in ICU also ran a staff photo competition to include as part of the area, the winning photos were generously printed by Print Design Australia. Dulux Australia generously donated the paint used to give the space a freshen up.

The Barwon Health Foundation Grant Rounds were introduced to ensure the Foundation are investing in the equipment, care and projects of greatest priority and need across Barwon Health.

Since the introduction of the Grants Rounds in March 2020 the Foundation has invested over $350,000 across several different areas within Barwon Health.

Image: ICU Nurse Manager Donna Robertson, artist Ammie Howell, ICU grant recipient Gerry Keely and Barwon Health Foundation Executive Director Zoe Waters.