Mercy Health is proud to announce it is now providing aged care services to Western Australia, welcoming six existing homes in and around Perth. Mercy Health is an experienced aged care provider, caring for communities in Victoria, southern New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and now Western Australia.
On Monday 1 September 2014, Mercy Health started providing aged care services at Mercy Place Mont Clare (Claremont), Mercy Place Lathlain and Mercy Place Mandurah. In July, Mercy Health also became the sole manager of Edgewater Mercy Aged Care, Villa Maria Aged Care, Lesmurdie and Mercyville Aged Care, Craigie.
While Mercy Health is new to the state, the name Mercy dates back to 1846 when the Sisters of Mercy first landed in Western Australia and were led by Sr Ursula Frayne whose legacy is now ingrained across numerous health services and schools across Australia.
As a ministry of the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea (ISMAPNG), Mercy Health also provides palliative care, home and community care, acute and subacute hospital services, early parenting services, mental health programs and health worker training and development in the eastern states.
Mercy Health Chief Executive Officer Adjunct Professor Stephen Cornelissen said it was an honour for the health and aged care provider to have a place in Western Australia. He said Mercy Health's main focus was the provision of compassionate care to all of its residents.
Adj Prof Cornelissen said the direction of the homes was in the extremely capable hands of Mercy Health's Western Australian State Manager Anita Ghose who brings more than two decades of experience to the role.
"We look forward to working with residents and staff, to meet the rising demand for aged care services across the country,'' Adj Prof Cornelissen said.
"Every day, we at Mercy Health strive to follow the example set by the Sisters who have served before us and feel honoured that we can continue their legacy in Western Australia."
The Sisters of Mercy West Perth has been providing education and aged care services in Western Australia for many years and we are pleased to be able to support its ministry in aged care. MercyCare is also a longstanding and trusted organisation in Perth evolving from the works of the Sisters of Mercy. MercyCare shares a similar history and values base to Mercy Health and – as a separate entity with no affiliations with Mercy Health – will continue to deliver services in the region.