Honour for retired Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery

Woman standing in hospital museum
Ruth Letts in the Fremantle Hospital museum
January 29, 2021

Retired Fremantle Hospital Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Ruth Letts, has received a Medal of the Order of Australia for her service to nursing in the 2021 Australia Day Honours.

Ruth’s nursing career spanned over four decades, as she started as a student nurse in 1973 at Fremantle Hospital and progressed to become the Area Executive Director of Nursing at South Metropolitan Health Service from 2001-2010, and the Executive Director of Nursing, Midwifery, and Patient Support Services, Fremantle Hospital and Health Service until 2016.

Current Fiona Stanley Fremantle Hospitals Group Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Michael Jacobson said that Ruth was a worthy recipient after many years as a committed nursing and midwifery leader within the organisation.

“Ruth’s leadership and commitment to nursing and midwifery deserves to be commended,” said Michael.

Ruth said she felt privileged to have been recognised with the award, and overwhelmed by the messages of support.

Retiring in 2016, Ruth now spends her time running the Fremantle Hospital museum which she established to preserve records of the past and connect former nursing trainees with each other. 

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