1 November 2010
75 years of St John of God Hospital Geraldton
St John of God Hospital Geraldton is
celebrating 75 years of service to the people of the Mid West -
continuing the tradition of compassionate care begun by the Sisters
of St John of God.
The Sisters arrived in 1935 at the request of
Bishop O’Collins to provide hospital services in the region, and
started their work with few resources and in poor conditions. Their
legacy, defined by a commitment to serving the local community,
continues today and informs the distinctive care for which the
hospital is still renowned.
The hospital’s Chief Executive Officer,
Grainne Friel, said the hospital today – a modern facility
providing high quality local choice to Mid West residents - was a
far cry from its humble beginnings.
“What hasn’t changed in 75 years however is
our commitment to providing excellence in health care in a
hospitable and compassionate environment. Our Service Ethos is
about distinctive service – every encounter, every person, every
moment, every day,” she said.
The hospital provides a range of services
meeting the health care needs of the region, including medicine,
surgery, maternity, special care nursery, paediatrics, day surgery,
an after hours GP clinic, oncology, palliative care, psychiatry,
occupational rehabilitation and injury prevention, and a home
delivery meals service.
Last financial year, the hospital welcomed 207
babies into the world and treated 1,670 inpatients and 2,380 day
Grainne said the hospital worked hard to
ensure the local and surrounding community could access high
quality health care services without the need to travel to Perth or
other centres to see specialists or receive treatment.
“Last year, for example, we secured additional
visits from orthopaedic, vascular and ear, nose and throat
surgeons. We also supported a successful application by Geraldton
Radiology to install a Magnetic Resonance Imaging unit in our
Specialist Centre to reduce the need for patients to travel to
Perth,” she said.
Plans are also in the pipeline to introduce a
perinatal mental health support service to provide much needed
family-centred support and information to parents and families
affected by anxiety and depression during pregnancy and the four
years following birth.
St John of God Hospital Geraldton has become,
and will continue to be, an integral part of our growing region for
many years to come; providing compassionate care and support to the
people of the Mid West in their local community and in the spirit
of the Sisters of St John of God.