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Congregation Leader's message

A small publication called 100 Stories was compiled at the time of the Mater centenary in 2006. The writers—patients and family members, past and present staff members and Sisters of Mercy—invited us to remember and honour those who in the past 100 years upheld the Mercy philosophy of providing compassionate health care for the sick and needy.

Those stories embodied the Mater spirit in the same way as the Mater stories of today.

One such story is that of a 27-year-old woman, who fled war-torn Sudan as a teenager a decade ago, and is now one of 165 women who have delivered babies with the help of the Refugee Maternity Service based at Mater Mothers’ Hospitals. A special Christmas story was that of the birth of little Morgan Sparks. On 9 December 2009, Morgan was delivered via an emergency caesarean section—15 weeks prematurely and weighing just 600g.

Then there is the story of Mater Community Clinical Nurse Ros Butler at Brisbane Homelessness Service Centre. Ros has cared for more than 200 individual patients, whose medical conditions vary from scrapes and bruises to drug-related illnesses and cancer.

Mater Private Hospital Redland tells another story, the story of continuing the Mater Mission by providing compassionate health care in response to changing community needs to  people in the bayside districts.

And so the stories go on as you will read in this year’s annual review—all embracing the same spirit of, ‘Following the example of Christ the healer, we commit ourselves to offering these services to all without discrimination’—Mater’s Mission statement.

To the members of the company (Mater Misericordiae Health Services Brisbane Ltd); Chairman of the Board Professor John McAuliffe and the Board of Directors; the Chief Executive Officer Dr John O’Donnell and his Senior Executive Team; and all staff, volunteers and supporters of Mater, thank you for your commitment to compassionate care in the tradition of Mercy.

Sister Sandra Lupi RSM
Congregation Leader, Sisters of Mercy, Brisbane

 

To ensure we continue our commitment to meet the health care needs of the community, Mater has developed business strategies which address the issues of financial, social and environmental sustainability.

This website has been developed in accord with these strategies, and is the accompaniment to a summary document printed on recycled paper.