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24 Aug 2017

San nursing graduates and staff reunite at San Homecoming to celebrate their work at the San.

Former San nursing graduates and staff reunite at San Homecoming to celebrate their work at the San.

Staff and family members of the San community attended the day event that included special activities to share their experiences and reconnect with friends.

Former Nursing Executive Officer at the San and one of the main organisers of the event, Annette Baldwin AM said it was a fantastic experience for the nurses from past and present.

"It was a great day and people came from the local community, interstate and overseas. Nine nurses from the graduating class of 1957 and a nurse, who graduated seventy four ago, in 1943, attended the event.

San Homecoming was a nice opportunity to get together and share past experiences. From morning to evening stories from yesteryears about compassion and care were discussed and enjoyed."

The day started at Wahroonga Church with Sabbath School and worship service where San Homecoming participants reminisced about their spiritual and caring work at the San, heard stories of Christianity in Action and listened to others' hopes and dreams for the future, and a number of musical performances. Nurses and doctors from Open Heart International shared their pioneering experiences when the volunteer work started in the mid-1980s.

To recognise the significant role of San staff, Certificates of Recognition were presented to, Dr Herbert Edward Clifford AM, for his role in the development and transformation of the San from its historic 'Sanitarium' building to a comprehensive and acute care facility, to Doreen Clifford, for her services as a great teacher, professional mentor and leader, and to Leone Radley Plane, for her selfless tutelage of hundreds of nursing students and as inspirational example of quality and commitment who has influenced successive generations in the honourable profession of nursing.

AHCL CEO Philip Currie acknowledged the caring role of San nurses in advancing AHCL's Mission of Christianity of Action.

"Homecoming is another way we see and hear examples of how the San has taken the Gospel across the globe. We are a real and ongoing example of the Gospel commission."

The former graduates toured the San Merritt Kellogg Museum, the Clark Tower and the San Integrated Cancer Centre. The participants appreciated the new developments in hospital healthcare for the patients at the San.

The event ended with dinner at the Fox Valley Community Centre.

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