The West Gippsland Healthcare Group has been dropped as the Baw Baw Shire Council’s Meals on Wheels provider after forty years of service.
New providers Neerim District and Regional Hospital and Clayton-based Mannix College took over today after being chosen as the best of five applicants, including the WGHG.
Baw Baw Shire Council Community Care & Development Manager Heidi Losic-Smith told The Warragul Citizen the decision is based on “cost, quality… experience and references.”
“The final recommendation was Mannix and Neerim South District Hospital as both these providers scored higher than all the other applications in all categories,” Ms Losic-Smith said.
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“This was a highly competitive process which involved extensive research.”
Neerim South Hospital will deliver hot meals to clients in Neerim South, Noojee and nearby areas, while Mannix College will deliver chilled meals daily to the Baw Baw Health & Community Care Centre based in Drouin.
“Mannix delivers daily to the Baw Baw Health & Community Care Centre based in Drouin. From here, the meals are delivered to Drouin, Warragul and Trafalgar,” Ms Losic-Smith said.
Baw Baw Shire Mayor Diane Blackwood acknowledged the work of the West Gippsland Healthcare Group.
“Council would like to acknowledge the enormous contribution the West Gippsland Healthcare Group have made over the forty years that they have provided meals to our residents,” Cr Blackwood said.
“We particularly thank the staff in the West Gippsland Hospital Food Services Team for their support to the Meals on Wheels Team at the Baw Baw Shire.”
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