Fri 09, Nov 2018
MEDIA RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE USE
Announcement of the sale of mecwacare May Noonan Centre
Not-for-profit charity organisation mecwacare today announced it had sold mecwacare May Noonan Centre in Terang to local aged care provider Lyndoch Living.
Chief Executive Michele Lewis said the sale would benefit residents and staff because the home would be managed by an organisation that had strong ties to the local community.
“Lyndoch Living has been providing care and support services in the Terang area for many years. Their staff and managers live in the community, which means they are better placed to respond to any emerging issues and to provide regular ongoing support,” Ms Lewis said.
“They are a very experienced organisation with a 66-year history of caring for people in Victoria’s south-west. This is a great outcome for residents, staff and the broader community with another high-quality, not-for-profit organisation providing continuity of care for residents, as well as a continuation of employment and conditions for staff.”
As part of the sale, both organisations have guaranteed:
• Residents do not need to leave the home in which they live as their current arrangements will not change; and
• Staff will be offered their existing positions and conditions, including entitlements, with Lyndoch Living, effective 1 December 2018.
Ms Lewis said both organisations aimed to make the transition as seamless as possible for residents, staff and volunteers.
“With Lyndoch Living inviting staff and volunteers to stay on at May Noonan Centre, we expect all or most of them to take up this offer. This means residents will continue to be cared for by the same dedicated people,” Ms Lewis said.
Lyndoch Living Chief Executive Officer Doreen Power said the organisation was keen to grow its services in the region where it had been caring for the community for 66 years.
“We are delighted to welcome the May Noonan Centre residents and staff to our family,” Ms Power said.
mecwacare, which is based in Melbourne, purchased the 40-bed May Noonan Centre from VincentCare in 2015. mecwacare will continue to manage the day-to-day operations until the sale is complete on 1 December 2018 when Lyndoch Living formally takes over.
mecwacare Chief Executive Michele Lewis and Lyndoch Living Chief Executive Officer Doreen Power are available for interview.
For media inquiries and interview requests, please contact Jo Dougherty at mecwacare on 8573 4868 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org or Lyndoch Living’s Andrea Beeston on 5561 9321 or via email email@example.com