Protea by PresCare Update – Jan 2019

Introducing Protea by PresCare’s new Facility Manager

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Rick van Groningen as the Facility Manager for Protea by PresCare. Rick is one of Australia’s most experienced and qualified health service managers. A Registered Nurse with 42 years of industry experience, Rick also holds a Master’s degree in Community Management (UTS) and a Doctorate in Health Services Management (UNE).

Several years ago, Rick co-directed the $550 million redevelopment of Townsville Hospital which also included the establishment of the Townsville Cancer Care Centre, the Townsville Sub-Acute Facility and the Townsville Regional Level 6 Laboratory for Pathology Queensland. More recently, Rick managed the day-to-day operations of multiple aged care facilities and community services hubs throughout South West Queensland.

Rick van Groningen
Rick van Groningen

Upon appointment, Rick commented, “Once again, I have been given the opportunity to be directly involved in the establishment of new ‘state-of-the-art’ services for the people of Townsville and its regions. I am looking forward to managing Protea by PresCare with respect, dignity and diligent care – all in line with our corporate mantra:  We’re not aged care, we’re PresCare”.

“As a brand new facility, we can do things the right way for our residents, their families and our staff from our very first day of operation. II will soon be turning my attention to recruiting all the necessary staff (all of whom will need to be able to demonstrate their personal commitment to quality care) so that we can be ready to welcome our first residents”.

Construction update

Sonya Wilkinson
Sonya Wilkinson

Here’s what Sonya Wilkinson, our Development Project Manager, has to say:

“Construction of Protea by PresCare is almost complete. With the laying of carpet and the final touches of paint being made to the internal facility, everything is coming together and looking fantastic!

Unfortunately, due to Cyclone Penny, external landscaping was slightly delayed but has now commenced, and the asphalt has been laid out giving us a wonderful carpark.

As for the rest? Watch this space!”

Do you want to become a resident or respite client at Protea by PresCare?

If you or a loved one is interested in being waitlisted as a resident or respite client, please contact Kathy Bates, Protea by PresCare’s Client Services Manager:


M: 0468 578 220.