Epworth’s New Robots: Thanks La Trobe Financial

July 24, 2018| Epworth News /

Epworth HealthCare is very pleased to announce that it recently received the largest benefaction since it was first established in Richmond in 1920, enabling the purchase Epworth campuses six X model da Vinci robots, and new surgical equipment for multiple Epworth sites.

Home-grown global financial services company La Trobe Financial, through its Foundation and its corporate social responsibility program, this year selected Epworth Medical Foundation for their major annual donation.

La Trobe Financial, established in Victoria Australia in 1952, has a long history of helping Australians achieve financial independence and giving back to the community. The company’s Foundation donates to significant nationwide organisations such as Lifeline, The Salvation Army and Australian Red Cross, and its staff volunteer program funds all 287 staff to work two days a year at a charity of their choice. 

La Trobe Financial President and CEO Greg O'Neill during his visit to Epworth in July

La Trobe Financial President and CEO Greg O'Neill during his visit to Epworth in July

La Trobe Financial President & CEO Greg O’Neill visited Epworth this month and humbly told a  story of the life-saving treatment he received at Epworth more than a decade ago, after a severe infection resulted from a knee injury.

As well as the expert treatment I received to fight the infection, I was touched by the incredible kindness and dedicated professionalism of clinical staff and nurses, some of whom brought me a warm Milo every night during my long stay.
— Greg O'Neill, La Trobe Financial

“In particular, I believe that Infectious Diseases specialist Dr Ian Jennens, who looked after me back then, is a genius and Australian of the decade in my book”, Mr O’Neill said.

His company’s generosity was warmly welcomed by Epworth staff, who demonstrated how the Xi da Vinci model operates, and displayed dozens of theatre implements, a surgical table and the most up-to-date equipment recently acquired.    

Mr O’Neill added that La Trobe Financial was very pleased to help Epworth continue their innovative work in robotically-assisted surgery in Australia.

“Our company considers this gift as an important way of giving back to the community and amazing staff at the Epworth. Knowing that Epworth patients and their clinical staff have access to a range of leading-edge, world’s best practice technology was important to us at the La Trobe Financial Foundation”, Mr O’Neill said. 

 “It is making a difference to people’s lives that matters to us, and on this issue we are totally aligned with the Epworth’s key mission”, Mr O’Neill added.

Greg O'Neill visits Epworth

Epworth HealthCare Group Chief Executive Dr Lachlan Henderson said the generosity of La Trobe Financial is warmly appreciated by doctors and staff across hospital group.

Epworth is delighted to continue providing the latest technology to patients in Victoria, with the new robots located at four sites - Richmond, Freemasons, Geelong and Eastern.
— Dr Lachlan Henderson, Epworth HealthCare

“It also means we can continue our significant role in clinical research and training in robotic procedures across many surgical specialties,” Dr Henderson said.



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