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Donations an honour

Saturday, 9th December, 2017

BH Health Council chair Karen Gosling (left), General Manager BH Health Service Ken Barnett and Mrs Pam White in front of the new honour board. PICTURE: Michael Murphy BH Health Council chair Karen Gosling (left), General Manager BH Health Service Ken Barnett and Mrs Pam White in front of the new honour board. PICTURE: Michael Murphy

By Michael Murphy

A well-known pharmacist in the Silver City was the first person to be acknowledged on a new honour board at the Broken Hill Hospital.

The family of the late Brian White, who was a pharmacist for more than 45 years, donated $5,000 to the health service in memory of his contribution through the BH Health Council. Mr White passed away in 2014.

The White family’s donation was used to buy a Journey Board monitor in the hospital’s surgical ward.

The Health Service, with agreement from the Health Council, decided to install an honour board in the hospital foyer to record the White family donation and other donations valued at $5,000 or more.

The honour board was officially dedicated this week.

“Mr Brian White served on the Broken Hill Health Council for many years including in the important role as treasurer,” said Mr Ken Barnett, General Manager BH Health Service.

“His contribution to the health service in that role was valuable and very much appreciated.

“It is truly fitting that the plaque acknowledging the White family donation is the first on the new honour board,” he said.

Mr White’s widow Mrs Pam White attended the ceremony along with Health Council members and Broken Hill Health Service staff.

Mrs White said her husband was very much involved in the community, through various organisations and committees, and enjoyed his time at Temby’s Pharmacy in Argent Street, later teaming up with another local pharmacist, Con Peoples, to form Outback Pharmacies.

“It’s very nice to see his name up there because he was very happy being on the health council ... he thought that was a very worthwhile thing to do,” Mrs White said.

Mr White was diagnosed with cancer and spent time at Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide before returning to Broken Hill Hospital.

“When he came back to Broken Hill, of course, everyone in town came to visit, and everyone was so kind to him at the hospital,” she said.

“I was most impressed with the hospital, they put up with all the visitors, they were all very friendly and very kind.

“You could not fault the Broken Hill Hospital for the treatment he received.”

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