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    Vision Eye Institute celebrates 20th anniversary

    發表時間:2021-11-24 訪問量:2886

    This year marks 20 years of excellence in patient care, research and education for Vision Eye Institute, one of Australia’s largest and most respected providers of specialist eye care and an established operator of day hospitals.

    We are delighted to announce the launch of the Future Vision Foundation (a not-for-profit research foundation) and Vision Hospital Group to mark our 20-year milestone.

    A vision realised

    Vision Eye Institute was incorporated on 28 November 2001.

    The company (then known as Vision Group) was the world’s first publicly listed ophthalmic company and one of the earliest publicly listed group medical practices. We continue to evolve and innovate to this day, proudly setting a high benchmark for patient care in Australia.

    Now privately owned, the company started as a group medical practice in Melbourne with 3 consulting clinics and 2 day surgeries before expanding to cover the eastern seaboard and, more recently, South Australia.

    While Vision Eye Institute was officially established in 2001, many of the eye clinics and day surgeries that have become part of the group have been operating for far longer – some, like our Camberwell and Footscray clinics, for over 60 years.

    One of Vision Eye Institute’s founding partners, Dr Joe Reich AM, explains that the then Camberwell Eye Clinic was the first of the suburban eye clinics built in Melbourne in 1959. ‘This was later followed by the addition of Melbourne’s first two-theatre day surgery in 1985,’ he says. ‘Then, just over 20 years ago, we started to think about the possibility of amalgamating with other clinics and this was where Vision Eye Institute was born.’

    Did you know? Cataract surgery used to require a 5-day hospital stay and the second eye was operated on 3–6 months later!

    Today, Vision Eye Institute operates 20 consulting clinics, 10 day surgeries and 4 laser suites in Australia, which are staffed by 130 doctors and nearly 500 support personnel.

    CEO James Thiedeman says several factors differentiate Vision Eye Institute from other providers, particularly its scale, access to technology and long-standing culture of collaboration and innovation.

    ‘We attract and retain the highest calibre of people – ophthalmologists, optometrists, orthoptists, nurses and support staff. Vision Eye Institute’s team of doctors and ancillary staff look after more than 100,000 patients every year. Without question, our people and the exceptional care they provide are what make us a world-leading eye care provider,’ says Mr Thiedeman.

    A/Prof Tim Roberts, Vision Eye Institute National Medical Director: ‘Vision Eye Institute is on the cutting edge of technology and always mindful of what we can do to provide better resources for all of us to do our best work. Our mission of helping patients (and knowing that the work we’re doing every day is making an impact and transforming the lives of patients who need our help) is inspiring. Great staff and teamwork are our foundation, and during the pandemic, we’ve strived to support our doctors and all the team and keep everyone well informed. We are focused on encouraging and empowering all the VEI team to continue growing and expanding their skills and careers.’

    A/Prof Michael Lawless, whose Chatswood clinic joined Vision Eye Institute in 2005: ‘It was about being able to create an environment with like-minded people, share and discuss complex cases, access the latest equipment and technology, conduct research and accept academic positions.’

    Ms Amanda Cranage, General Manager (Victorian Operations and National Projects): ‘One of the reasons I’ve been with Vision Eye Institute for so long is the team. I can honestly say, all of our staff quite naturally put the patient first. I work with these people every day and am immensely proud of their professionalism and their shared drive to provide the very best care to our patients. We all have a shared goal of providing the very best visual outcomes for patients.’

    Full circle with Future Vision Foundation

    FutureVision Foundation A OveVision Initiative logoVision Eye Institute has a deep heritage in ophthalmic research to acquire new knowledge and improve patient care, says Mr Thiedeman.

    ‘This constant search for better diagnosis, better treatments and better healthcare experiences is what drives us.’

    ‘Our scale places us in a privileged position – one that lends itself to giving back to the community. Through the not-for-profit Future Vision Foundation, we can do more to encourage and support the research endeavours of our staff and associated clinicians. Support will be in the form of funding, clinical resources, new initiatives and mentoring,’ he says.

    ‘The Foundation has been a dream since Vision Eye Institute first began and everyone is thrilled to watch it come to life. We are also delighted to have secured several prominent experts for the board of directors, including Professor Fiona Stapleton, Ms Fiona Davies, Mr Joe Redner and Associate Professor Tim Roberts,’ he says.

    ‘The Foundation looks forward to working alongside other research organisations within ophthalmology, optometry and industry and contributing to the excellent research already being undertaken in Australia.’

    The Future Vision Foundation is part of the OneVision ESG program, which encompasses Vision Eye Institute’s various environmental, social and governance initiatives.

    Visit Future Vision Foundation website

    Day surgery expansion leads to Vision Hospital Group

    Vision Hospital Group | Your care. Our focus.

    Over the last few years, Vision Eye Institute has commissioned a number of greenfield day hospitals, while expanding its hospital offering beyond ophthalmic care to provide a wider range of surgical services. In recognition of this new direction, we have launched the Vision Hospital Group to brings our ten day surgeries together under one banner.

    ‘We genuinely believe we provide world-class care, along with the infrastructure and know-how to meet the growing needs of local communities. While continuing to work closely with ophthalmologists, we now also partner with surgeons in the fields of gastroenterology, pain management, plastic surgery, dermatology and urology to name a few,’ says Mr Thiedeman.

    ‘Vision Hospital Group’s core philosophy is the practice of surgery deserves a highly focused, specialist environment where surgeons are supported to perform at their best and patients experience exemplary, seamless care,’ he says.

    Visit Vision Hospital Group website

    Timeline of Vision Eye Institute’s evolution

    A Long History In Ophthalmology. Celebrating 20 years of eye care and a strong commitment to improving patient outcomes, Vision Eye Institute doctors have contributed to many advances in ophthamology. Our philosophy centres around research-based clinical practice. Every year, we perform more than 45,000 vision-restoring treatments. Infographic timeline of Vision Eye Institute's evolution: 2001: Vision Group established in VIC with Camberwell, Coburg and Blackburn. 2002: Expansion into NSW with Chatswood. Expansion into Melbourne's east with Box Hill clinic. 2003: Further expansion into NSW with Bondi Junction clinic and in VIC with Footscray clinic and LaserVision in Melbourne. 2004: Expansion into QLD with Brisbane and Townsville clinics. Vision Group floated on the stock market. 2005: First LASIK procedure performed with the Intralase femtosecond laser in Australia. FIrst corneal cross-linking performed for keratoconus in Australia. 2006: First corneal transplant performed with the femtosecond laser in Australia. Expansion into central QLD with Mackay clinic. 2009: First university degree for refractive surgery established at the University of Sydney by a Vision Group surgeon. 2011: First cataract surgery performed with the femtosecond laser in Australia. Vision Group becomes VIsion Eye Institute (VEI) at the Annual General Meeting. 2012: First combined cataract and vitreoeretinal surgery performed in Australia. 2014: First SMILE procedure performed in NSW. 2015: First standalone day surgery established in VIC with Panch Day Surgery. Expansion into Gold Coast QLD with part ownership of Vision Centre Day Surgery. VEI privatised with acquisition by Jangho Group. 2016: RiverCity private hospital established/refurbished. First Australian trial of an intra-operative OCT scanner. 2018: Hurstville moves into new purpose-built clinic and day surgery facilities at Forest Road. 2019: Windsor Gardens Day Surgery purpose built as part of 480 Specialist Centre. Expansion in Melbourne's north with Jacana. 2020: Expansion of Boronia with dedicated IVI clinic. 2021: Expansion into SA with North Adelaide and Windsor Gardens clinics. Expansion into regional NSW with Tuggerah Lakes clinic. Vision Hospital Group launched. Futuer Vision Foundation launched.

    And a trip down memory lane!

    Dr Lee Lenton operating at North Queensland Day Surgery in Townsville

    Dr Lee Lenton operating at North Queensland Day Surgery in Townsville

    The laser room at the St Kilda Rd clinic, 1995

    The laser room at the St Kilda Rd clinic (1995)

    Aerial view of original PANCH site circa 1980

    Original Panch site (circa 1980) prior to construction of Panch Day Surgery Centre

    Newspaper clipping featuring Vision Eye Institute doctor partner, A/Prof Michael Lawless (2004)

    Newspaper clipping featuring Vision Eye Institute doctor partner, A/Prof Michael Lawless (2004)

    Outdoor view of the front of Warwillah Guest House (St Kilda Road, Melbourne) on a cloudless summer day

    The original Melbourne Excimer Laser Group – Victoria’s first free-standing laser clinic – was situated in the historic Warwillah Guest House on St Kilda Rd