Last month, The Royal Melbourne Hospital welcomed some of our corporate partners on site at the City Campus for the first time for our Corporate Lunch.
These organisations partner with the RMH Foundation to help improve the lives of our patients by supporting research and providing funds to enable the hospital to purchase equipment or improve facilities.
Associate Professor Kate Drummond, Director of Neurosurgery, spoke to our corporate partners about the impact their support has had on the lives of patients with brain cancer, after PACCAR Australia helped us purchase vital neurosurgery equipment that allows surgeons to remove brain tumours from different areas of the brain with far greater accuracy than ever before.
“This cutting-edge technology allows images of the brain tumour taken pre-surgery to be updated and used during surgery, enhancing accuracy and providing real-time imagery to the surgeon during the operation,” A/Prof Drummond said of the state-of-the-art technology when it was first used in 2017.
“This helps to improve the safety, accuracy and completeness of brain tumour removal and it significantly improves outcomes for patients.”
The presentation was followed by a tour of the new Ward 7B Rooftop Garden, which opened to haematology and bone marrow transplant patients in June thanks to the generous support of our partners, including OPTUS and Plan B Services. Our partners also had the opportunity to visit the Intensive Care Unit, and were taken on a tour of Pod D, which was officially opened in May this year.
Anthony De Fazio, CEO of BankVic spoke of his experience at the event.
“I was very impressed by the cutting-edge technology that I was shown at the Corporate Lunch, particularly in the Neurosurgery Department. Their passion for innovation and commitment to patient care is inspiring,” Mr De Fazio said.
“As a mutual bank that exists to benefit the community, BankVic is really proud to be associated with an organisation that is providing world leading healthcare to the people of Melbourne.”
Alison Byrne, Acting Director of the RMH Foundation, said the Corporate Lunch was a great opportunity to see our corporate partners immersed in the hospital and shown the tangible impact of their support.
“Over the past year, corporate philanthropy has supported many exciting projects at the hospital, including the development of the Ward 7B Rooftop Garden, which provides a calming space for our cancer patients in their greatest time of need,” Alison said.
“Corporate philanthropy has also contributed to research projects and the establishment of fellowships at the hospital and has also allowed the hospital to stage a number of important events, including the Celebrating Excellence Awards and Ride to Recovery.”
The RMH Foundation would like to thank our Corporate Partners who attended the lunch, and for their ongoing commitment to improving the lives of patients both in our community and internationally: OPTUS, PACCAR, Plan B Services, Merz Australia, Smartsalary, S.O Asher Consultants, First State Super, BankVic, Daniels Health, Commonwealth Bank and Morgan Stanley. Their incredible generosity has meant that our hospital continues to be a world leader in patient care and life-changing research.