A lifeline has been thrown to the struggling Ballan District Health & Care.
The State Government is handing over an urgent $500,000 assistance package to help the organisation as it battles crippling debt, with fears it could be forced to cut services or close its doors.
The package is a short-term grant that will be repaid once the service ensures its long-term financial sustainability.
The Ballan District Health & Care Board has revealed that their latest preliminary figures for 2017/2018 financial year showed a loss of $480,000, which is projected to rise to $800,000 during this financial year if the organisation does not make changes to the way it operates.
Their CEO Wayne Weaire resigned on July 30.
Ballan District Health provides local hospital, community health, childcare and aged care services, as well as being a major employer in the region with 171 staff members.