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March 2011

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Sr Julie O’Brien (left) and Sr Helen Monkivitch (right) with switchboard operator Ali Carroll, consultant gynaecologist Dr Frank Chew and midwife Wendy Leggett who have all worked at Mercy Hospital for Women for 40 years.

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The cake baked to mark Mercy Hospital for Women’s 40th anniversary.

Mercy Hospital for Women marks milestone

Mercy Hospital for Women has celebrated its 40th anniversary.

The hospital, formerly known as Mercy Maternity Hospital, has enjoyed a rich history dating back 75 years when the Sisters of Mercy made plans to establish a public maternity hospital for Victorians.

Upon State Government approval, a public appeal raised the target of one million dollars, allowing construction to begin in 1966.

Premier of Victoria Sir Henry Bolte officially opened the Mercy Maternity Hospital, equipped with modern facilities and equipment, in 1971.

‘It was an exciting time in the hospital’s history, delivering family-centred care while building the hospital’s reputation as a leading public teaching hospital,’ said Director of Leadership and Mission Sr Helen Monkivitch.

The hospital changed its name in 1990 to Mercy Hospital for Women to better reflect the diverse services provided to the women of Victoria.

As the population expanded, the need for services for Melbourne’s growth corridors became evident.

The Government asked Mercy Hospital for Women to relocate to a purpose-built, state-of-the-art facility colocated with Austin Health in Heidelberg. 

The relocation was an important step for Mercy Health in securing the provision of world-class healthcare for Victorians into the future, said Mercy Health Chairman Julien O’Connell.

‘Mercy Hospital for Women’s move to Heidelberg ensured Victorian women and babies continued to receive the highest levels of care, access to world-class facilities and a suitable environment for patients, visitors and employees,’ said Mr O’Connell.

Today, Mercy Hospital for Women is one of the leading providers of maternity, gynaecology and neonatal services in Australia.

‘It’s certainly an honour to be part of the dedicated team working at Mercy Hospital for Women,’ said Executive Director Linda Mellors.

Forty years since the hospital’s opening in East Melbourne, women and their babies continue to receive world-class medical care and support,’ said Dr Mellors.

‘The Sisters of Mercy have continued to play an instrumental role in the development and guidance of the hospital’s operations, staying true to founder Catherine McAuley’s vision to care for those in need,’ said Sr Helen Monkivitch.