Mercy Place Warrnambool unveiled the second stage of its state-of-the-art facility on Wednesday 30 April. Bishop of Ballarat Paul Bird CSsR MA DD blessed the new section at the Hopetoun Rd home from 11.30am in front of staff, residents and their families.
The $9.5 million stage includes 55 new beds, a cafï¿½, a hairdressing salon, communal areas, a central dining space and a resident kitchen. It also includes a chapel, staff and administrative areas and a sustainable design.
Mercy Health Chief Executive Officer Adjunct Professor Stephen Cornelissen said it was pleasing to be able to provide more aged care services to people in the Warrnambool community.
ï¿½Mercy Health is extremely proud of its reputation as a quality provider of aged care services. This development and the services provided allow us to further give life to our vision of serving those in need,ï¿½ï¿½ Adj Prof Cornelissen said. ï¿½We are pleased to be increasing our involvement in the Warrnambool community and hope to further strengthen the ties the Sisters of Mercy have had in the region moving into the future.ï¿½
Stage 1 was completed in January 2010 and includes 65 beds, including 25 in the Memory Support Unit, as well as a commercial kitchen and a laundry. Construction of stage 2 started in August 2012.
Bishop of Ballarat Most Rev Paul Bird |