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Message from the CEO

As we approach the festive season, I find myself reflecting on what has been an extraordinary year for MercyCare. You may have heard by now that, on November 6, MercyCare announced its decision to transfer ownership of Mercy Hospital Mount Lawley to St John of God Health Care, pending the necessary approvals from the Catholic Church and other regulatory bodies.

This is an important decision in the history of Mercy Hospital (formerly St. Anne’s) and the move strengthens Catholic health care in Western Australia, benefitting the community and ensuring the Catholic ethos and mission continues at the Hospital. St John of God Health Care’s values are closely aligned with those of MercyCare and, as such, the values-based care to which both organisations are committed, will continue into the future.

MercyCare will continue the tradition of Catherine McAuley and the pioneering nature of the Sisters of Mercy of responding to the changing needs of the community. MercyCare’s Vision, Mission and Values remain unchanged. This allows MercyCare the opportunity to look at providing a wider range of health care and social services in people’s homes and in their communities, and increasing access to services for people who are without adequate assistance or marginalised from mainstream service programs.

As we start 2014 MercyCare will begin its Strategic Planning process that will see our Trustees, Board, Executive Team, staff and volunteers come together at a number of workshops to begin formulating our strategic directions for the next three years. It is an exciting time to be looking to the future of health and community services in Western Australia, and an opportune time for MercyCare to be planning our approach to respond to the changing needs of our community.

As a not-for-profit organisation, MercyCare relies heavily on your support and good will and I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere gratitude to you.

I wish you and your loved ones a very safe and blessed Christmas and I look forward to working with you in 2014 and beyond as we continue to extend our care to those in need in our community.

Chris Hall, CEO