In June, The Bays Healthcare Group is transitioning its 90-bed aged care home located in Hastings to national provider Apollo Care. Apollo Care, with a national network of 11 facilities and over 700 beds, has the capacity and expertise to enhance and expand The Bays Aged Care services to meet growing demand in the region.

Brett Gallagher, Chair of The Bays commented, “We are excited about the opportunities that this initiative creates both for The Bays Aged Care residents and team, and for our acute hospital in Mornington. We selected Apollo Care as we share similar core values.

“Apollo Care will be an excellent provider of Aged Care services for residents and the Westernport community. Residents will continue to receive the same excellent level of care they’ve come to expect, and staff will be supported by Apollo Care’s excellent employee wellbeing program.

“The transition of our aged care home to Apollo Care will ensure specialists are providing the right services to the people of the Mornington Peninsula. Apollo Care has the scale, expertise and investment capacity to grow and expand the services at The Bays Aged Care, and the initiative will result in The Bays Hospital being able to further invest into areas such as our new cancer care centre, advanced medical equipment and new digital technologies.

“Under Apollo Care, The Bays Aged Care will have increased access to capital funding to enhance the scope of services being offered to residents, and for the development of an on-site specialist memory support unit,” Mr Gallagher said.

Apollo Care CEO, Stephen Becsi says he’s thrilled to welcome The Bays Aged Care into the fold.

“Apollo Care is a progressive aged care provider operating in regional communities across Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales,” he said.

“Our unique vision is to protect the purpose and legacy of not-for-profit providers such as The Bays Aged Care which play a vital role in their local communities. Our award-winning, innovative operating model will strengthen the service at The Bays Aged Care while ensuring it retains its strong local community identity.

“I’m pleased to confirm we’ll begin work on the redevelopment of the Hastings site in 2024. Our team is commencing the planning and design process for a new memory support unit.

“We’re most impressed with The Bays Aged Care culture and we want the staff and volunteers to continue doing exactly what they’re doing so well – providing excellent, relationship-centred care to the most vulnerable residents in their community.

“We invited Directors from The Bays Healthcare Group to remain on the board of The Bays Aged Care organisation to ensure continuity, and I’m pleased to say Carol Allen and Brent Dennison have accepted.”

Apollo Care was built from the ground up four years ago by a team of industry specialists with 85 years’ cumulative experience. In addition to Stephen Becsi OAM, formerly CEO of Bethanie, WA’s largest NFP provider, Apollo Care’s leadership team comprises Barry Ashcroft, former CEO of Domain Aged Care, now Opal; Kylie Radburn, former National Care Governance Manager at Aveo; and John Young, a leading equity capital specialist.

The other communities in Apollo Care’s alliance are in New South Wales – Bundaleer (Wauchope), Charingfield (Waverley), Harden Grange (Harden), Vincent Court (Kempsey), Tenterfield Care Haddington (Tenterfield) and Tenterfield Care Millrace (Tenterfield); Queensland – PresCare Alexandra Gardens (Rockhampton), PresCare Groundwater Lodge (Maryborough), PresCare Yaralla Place (Maryborough) and Nanyima Care (Mirani); and Victoria – Yackandandah Health (Yackandandah).


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Jade Phelan
Chief Executive Officer
The Bays Healthcare Group Inc 03 5976 5275


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