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NOOSA Hospital have ordered hundreds of meals from local food outlets to keep hardworking staff fed and happy and to provided much needed financial support to struggling business.
More than 600 meals were purchased from Noosa and wider Sunshine Coast region to feed hungry workers.
Noosa Hospital Acting Chief Executive Officer Sam Dodd said the initiative was a way for Ramsay hospitals to help local businesses impacted by coronavirus restrictions as well as to thank staff who have continued to work hard during challenging times.
"Our hospitals are part of the community here on the Sunshine Coast and we want to help local businesses survive this difficult time so we can come together again afterwards," Ms Dodd said.
She said about 190 meals would be delivered to staff at Noosa Hospital by Rick's Artisan Pies Sourdough at Noosaville.
Graham Martin, who owns the business with his son Rick, said the order from Noosa Hospital was a much-appreciated financial shot in the arm.
"When the COVID-19 shutdown started our business dropped off by about 40 per cent," Mr Martin said.
"We've adjusted to takeaway only and things seem to have returned to normal but it has been a turbulent time, so it is great to get support like this."
Mr Martin said they would provide a few breakfasts as well as 175 lunch packs for staff which would include pies, tarts, bottled water and juice.
They are spreading their good fortune and using a Noosa supplier, Today's Juice, to provide the juice for the lunch.
Ms Dodd said staff at the Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital (SCUPH) and Nambour Selangor Private Hospital would also be treated to lunch from different local restaurants on the Sunshine Coast.
"These are challenging times for the health care industry, and we are really committed to ensuring all of our staff know how much they are appreciated," she said.
"We have a philosophy of 'people caring for people' and we are really proud of our teams who are continuing to personify this as they look after the patients in our hospital."