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Mercy Hospital for Women proudly celebrated its 40 year anniversary on 10 February 2011. Mercy Hospital for Women has a rich history dating back 75 years to the time when the Sisters of Mercy first planned to establish a public maternity hospital for Victorians. Sr Helen Monkivitch rsm AO, Director of Leadership & Mission said, “The Sisters of Mercy continue to play an instrumental role in the development and guidance of the hospital’s operations, staying true to Catherine McAuley’s (Sisters of Mercy foundress) vision to care for those in need.”
With State Government approval, a public appeal raised one million dollars, allowing construction of the maternity hospital to begin in 1966. The Honourable Sir Henry Bolte, Premier of Victoria officially opened the hospital in 1971, which was initially called Mercy Maternity Hospital. The first public teaching hospital to be established in Victoria in the 20th century, Mercy Maternity Hospital was equipped with modern facilities and equipment. “It was an exciting time in the hospital’s history, delivering family centred care while building its reputation as a leading teaching hospital,” Sr Helen said. In 1990 the hospital changed its name to Mercy Hospital for Women to better reflect the diverse services provided to the women of Victoria. As health services increased, the need for a larger site became evident and the hospital was relocated to a state-of-the-art facility in Heidelberg where approximately 5,500 babies are born each year. Today, Mercy Hospital for Women is one of the leading providers of maternity, gynaecology and neonatal services in Australia. An innovative tertiary women’s hospital, Mercy Hospital for Women has one of only four neonatal intensive care units in metropolitan Melbourne and is an accredited Level 3 specialist teaching facility in obstetrics, gynaecology, oncology, neonatology and anaesthetics.
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