SummitCare 2020 – the tradition continues
This was the genesis of what is today SummitCare. Now with over 1000 aged care beds in ten homes across Sydney and Wallsend, Newcastle, the commitment to the care of residents, relatives, and staff remains unchanged. SummitCare leaders consider themselves as more of an extensive family than a commercial operation.
In 2000, following Emerich’s death, his son Peter together with his sister Agnes assumed the role of Chairman/ Director and owner of SummitCare.
Elizabeth passed away some twelve years later and tragically Agnes also passed away three years after Elizabeth after enduring a battle with cancer.
Peter had commenced his career in the 1980s proudly working alongside his father. He earned a Degree in Health Administration and worked in the USA where he became a licensed nursing home Administrator in the State of California. On his return to Australia, Peter worked closely with his father for the next 15 years.
“We’ve come a long way since the beginning,” says Peter. “But the foundations were always there. I learned everything from my father about compassion and care.”
Peter is still driven by a passion for aged care and the provision of excellence for his residents, staff and others who benefit from its services.
He, his wife Jenny and children are involved in the business and a range of charitable pursuits which specifically target Australians who find themselves in dire need. It is this giving back to Australians in need that makes them most proud.
Nearly 60 years later, the Wohl family tradition of care, philanthropy and service to others continues through SummitCare.
As Peter says, ‘today, we continue in the tradition set down by our founders, my parents and my sister. We are a company steeped in our values – Warmth Worth and Wellbeing.’
Speaking of the current pandemic situation, Peter says that he feels particularly blessed because of the ‘people that surround me at this particular time – our SummitCare staff, our residents and their families.’
“The way everyone has come together during this time has been truly extraordinary and I cannot express my own and my family’s gratitude for the way our SummitCare family has responded to this crisis.”
“I know our staff have all banded together without complaint, come to our centres and provided outstanding care, love, warmth and support to our residents and their families. I could not be prouder or have more gratitude to you all individually for everything that is done each and every day.
“I would like to express my sincere thanks to our residents and their families who I know must suffer through extraordinary stress. It is for you all that our team unite and we all hope that our being here for you all during these times brings you some comfort.”
After all this time in his family’s business amidst the most challenging circumstances the industry has ever seen, for SummitCare and Peter Wohl, it still comes back to two important things – Trust and Purpose.