End of an Era for Twilight Aged Care

By 5th July, 2016 All, News No Comments

Mr John LaurieMr John Laurie formally retired as Chairman of the Twilight Aged Care Board after 14 years of exemplary leadership. John has individually made an incredible contribution to Twilight Aged Care, on the back of a long standing investment by the Laurie family over the last 100 years.

Since 2002 Twilight has benefited greatly from Johns leadership, strong commercial background and business contacts. As Chairman John has led significant change and transformed Twilight into the successful aged care business it is today. Some of John’s notable achievements include:

  •  The transformation of Twilight Aged Care from a well-endowed, cottage type aged care entity to the modern facilities reflective of contemporary care
  •  Recruitment and leadership of a highly skilled and effective Board
  •  Leadership during the initial accreditation of all Twilight Aged Care facilities
  •  Strategic growth including the ownership and lease of Mosman Private Hospital / Ophthalmic Centre
  •  Major capital negotiations and refurbishment projects, including the sale of “Onslow House” at Beauty Point, purchase and major refurbishment of Glades Bay Gardens, Gladesville and the rebuild of Horton House Gordon, due to reopen in December 2016
  •  Led and contributed to a significant Governance Review and development of the inaugural Strategic Plan
  •  Establishment of a Trust which supports the John Laurie Award to annually acknowledge and reward outstanding achievements by staff

John has at all times, by word and deed set the tone for Twilight of compassion and concern for the residents welfare and equity and fairness in managing staffing issues.

I am pleased to announce that Ms Lorraine Lovitt will be stepping up to be the next Chair of Twilight Aged Care. Lorraine has been a Director of Twilight Aged Care since 2002, so is well placed to take over the leadership of the Board. Lorraine has a nursing background, with considerable experience in aged care, and is currently Lead, NSW Falls Prevention Program at the Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC)1. In this role Lorraine supports NSW Falls Coordinators and Local Health Districts in the implementation of the NSW Health Falls policy: Preventing Falls and Harm from Falls among older people and the implementation of the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards: Standard 10: Preventing Falls and Harm from Falls.

Whilst we are sad to see John step down from his role as Chairman, we look forward to Lorraine’s continued leadership and contribution to ensuring Twilight Aged Care continues to provide quality integrated care services in our communities.For further enquiries please contact Ms Lesley Jordan, CEO, at lesley.jordan@twilightagedca.wpengine.com or (02) 9414 4400.

1.CEC has a key role in building capacity for quality and safety improvement in health services across NSW.