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Joondalup Health Campus recognises its long serving employees

Mar 19, 2012

Almost 30 years ago, a teenager from Joondalup and young mother from Wanneroo started working on switchboard and the newly established Emergency Department at Wanneroo Hospital. Surrounded by kangaroos and natural bushland while servicing a community half the size it is now, the future for these two women was looking great.

Fast forward 30 years and the same two staff members are now highly respected individuals, juggling personal lives with their busy managerial jobs.

The staff members are Joondalup Health Campus Payroll Manager, Karen Weeks and Clinical Nurse Manager, Heather Cann and on 16 March 2012, they both celebrated 30-years of service at the hospital.  

Both agree the past 30-years at the hospital have been a rollercoaster of highs and lows but neither would change a thing.

“Since starting my journey as a 16-year old work experience student, I have worked in a variety of areas from the switchboard, to the x-ray department and finally to my current area of payroll,” said Karen.

“I have made many friends over the years and everyone I have come in contact with has been a pleasure to work with.”

Heather Cann joined the Joondalup Health Campus in 1981 when she was commissioned to work at the hospitals, back then basic, Emergency Department. 

“Over the years I saw it open, close, and re-open again before watching the incredible expansion in recent years to the $29 million ED it is today. When I think back to when I started, its amazing to think that 30-years from then the Emergency Department would become one of Perth’s busiest, servicing more than 70,000 patients each year.”

Both Karen and Heather’s commitment and contribution to Joondalup Health Campus were recognised at a special Loyalty Awards event, held last week at Hillarys Boat Harbour.

The event celebrated the achievements and loyalty of almost 100 staff who had worked at the Campus for 10 to 30 years.

Joondalup Health Campus Chief Executive Officer Kempton Cowan said it’s important to congratulate our long-serving staff members and recognise their dedication to the Campus.

“Without our staff we would not have seen this tiny country hospital expand into the fantastic modern health care facility it is today.”

Staff members at the event received verbal recognition, a certificate and gift voucher as an appreciation of their commitment to Joondalup Health Campus.

(left to right) Karen Weeks, Payroll Supervisor; Kempton Cowan, CEO; and Heather Cann, After Hours Manager.

Photo: (left to right) Karen Weeks, Payroll Supervisor; Kempton Cowan, CEO; and Heather Cann, After Hours Manager.