South Gippsland Hospital (SGH) is a public small rural health service, which combines an acute hospital with an integrated community health centre. Together with the doctors of Foster Medical Centre, SGH serves the community of Foster, Corner Inlet, and surrounding areas including Wilsons Promontory.
SGH officially opened in 1952 and the Community Health Centre opened in 1983. The first hospital in Foster was established by Sr Margaret McClure as a private hospital on the corner of Nelson and Court street. A second private hospital was established on the corner of Main and Nelsons streets by Sr Emily Hoe in 1907, until it became a public community hospital in 1937.
Construction of a new operating theatre and refurbished maternity suite was completed in 2020, which coincided with the refurbishment of the Banksia Centre.
Vision, Mission, Strategic Directions and Values
- Our Vision is to create the healthiest community in the State.
- Our Mission is to provide and promote the best health services for all our community, using safe and caring practices, through strong collaborations with all our partners.
1.3 STRATEGIC DIRECTIONS
- Preventing illness and injury, where possible.
- Healing, where we can;
- Helping, when we can; and
- Caring, even after a patient leaves us.
1.4 CORE VALUES
- Accountability: accepting responsibility for our actions
- Trust: acting with integrity and being able to count on each other.
- Excellence: doing our best at all times and looking for ways to improve.
- Adaptability: being flexible and accepting of new ideas and change for the better.
- Mutual respect: treating others in the way we want to be treated.