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Over 450 distinguished guests joined His Excellency, Governor Malcolm McCusker and the Most Reverend Archbishop Timothy Costelloe to commemorate the 10th anniversary of MercyCare and the 75th anniversary of Mercy Hospital at a gala event in early November.
During a night of celebrations, a host of speakers - complemented by a special message from the Prime Minister Julia Gillard - thanked all those who have contributed to the success of MercyCare and Mercy Hospital, formerly known as St Anne’s, and looked back over the organisation’s history and proud heritage of providing health and community services to the Western Australian community.
The evening saw a number of acknowledgements, including a special mention of Anne Hough, the first baby born at St Anne’s, who proudly attended the event with her daughter Margaret, as well as Sr Christina Matthews RSM, Sister in charge of the Hospital for many years and the person considered the heart and soul of the organisation for decades.
Chief Executive Officer of MercyCare, Chris Hall, said 2012 was a landmark year in the proud history of both Mercy Hospital and MercyCare.
“2012 really signifies a milestone for both MercyCare and Mercy Hospital and gives us an important opportunity to recognise the exceptional commitment made by so many who have contributed to the lives of others as a result of their involvement with MercyCare,” he said.
“During the hospital’s long history we have grown from a 30 bed nursing home to a 205 bed facility that forms part of the wider MercyCare organisation employing over 1,350 staff and volunteers and delivering services from 20 service locations throughout Perth.
“We have come a long way and this is our opportunity to thank those involved in the journey for their commitment to our organisation and the people in our care.”
Special thanks were also delivered during the event, which took place at Perth’s Pan Pacific Hotel, to the corporate partners and sponsors that made the evening possible. These supporters included Datacom, Downings Legal, Worldwide Online Printing Cannington, HBF, Bernard Seeber Architects and the Catholic Development Fund.