From a babyï¿½s birth to a patientï¿½s final days, Werribee Mercy Hospital has played a pivotal role in the lives of thousands of Melburnians. The hospital, which opened on 20 February 1994, is also ready to unveil its new two-storey building, which has been named in honour of Catherine McAuley who founded the Sisters of Mercy.
The celebration has also acknowledged Werribee Mercy Hospitalï¿½s legacy and its service to the community during the past two decades. The hospital is now an essential part of the region, providing emergency care, allied health services, outpatient clinics, medical imaging, maternity services, palliative care, psychiatric services, renal dialysis, medical and surgical services.
Since the highly regarded maternity department birthed its first baby on 21 June 1994, tens of thousands of people have opened their eyes for the first time at Werribee Mercy Hospital; and with increased investment projected for maternity services in years to come, the hospitalï¿½s 2013 total of 2,394 births is almost certain to grow.
The population of the Wyndham area has risen exponentially during the lifespan of the hospital from about 70,000 in 1994 to almost 190,000 in 2014. Such growth has brought a greater need for medical services, prompting the development of the new Catherine McAuley Building.
Date Published: 03 April 2014