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23-Hour Unit opened in Mater Children’s Hospital

The new Mater Children’s Hospitals’ (MCH) 23-Hour Unit officially opened on 19 January 2009.

30 years of sanctuary

Janene Crockett is a mother-of-three, but often feels like she has four children. For the past 30 years, while raising her family, Mrs Crockett has also played a mother-like role in the evolution of Reg Leonard House, Mater’s accommodation facility for people from rural and regional areas who have a loved one receiving care at a Mater hospital.

Australian private hospital first at Mater

Mater Private Hospital Brisbane became the first private hospital in Australia to treat a rare and previously untreatable brain aneurysm in March under the hand of interventional neuroradiologist, Dr Hal Rice.

Children’s cardiac service turns one

Wednesday 20 May 2009 marked an important milestone for the Queensland Paediatric Cardiac Service (QPCS) as it celebrated a year of operation at Mater Health Services after transitioning from The Prince Charles Hospital.

Christa Henry

2 August 1946—26 July 2009
Christa Henry was an integral part of the Mater team for more than 27 years, and a true example of Mater values in action.

Cuddles make a difference

A joint initiative between Mater Volunteers Services and Mater Children’s Hospital Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is proving that non-clinical human touch can play an important part in caring for children in hospital.

Dr Dermot "Steve" Clark Ryan

6 September 1920―21 September 2009
Dr Steve Clark Ryan was a man who relished adventure, people and places; an esteemed member of the medical fraternity who practised as a private paediatrician until the age of 87.

Dr Kevin William Ryan CBE, RFD, QC

September 9 1925—November 18 2009
We will remember him as former chairman of the Mater board, but Dr Kevin Ryan was also a brilliant lawyer, scholar and judge.

Equipment provides much-needed help

Staff from across Mater’s hospitals and departments banded together in 2009 to donate much-needed medical equipment and supplies to disadvantaged foreign hospitals.

Eye spy an Australian hospital first

In an Australian first, Mater Mothers’ Hospitals (MMH) neonatal nurses are conducting retinal photography on premature babies for ophthalmic examinations.

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