Dame Marie Bashir to Open Mater Hospital's $18 million State of the Art Extensions

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
26 May 2015

Mater Hospital's new $18million North West Wing extensions will be officially opened next week

Bishop Terry Brady, Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Sydney will bless the Mater Hospital's new $18 million North West Extensions at a ceremony on Monday, 1 June when the state-of-the-art facilities will be officially opened by former NSW Governor, Dame Marie Bashir.

The three level Extensions will include a dedicated "world's best practice" Special Care Nursery for 16 premature and low birth weight newborns who require constant care and monitoring. Each of these tiny babies and their families will have their own patient room specially designed to be comfortable, private, tranquil and as close to "home" as possible. Each will also have the latest in medical equipment.  

Recent research has shown the importance of maternal-infant bonding for babies who need prolonged nursery care, and the Special Care Nursery with its individual rooms will foster this as well as encourage bonding with the baby's father and any siblings as well.

Former NSW Governor, Dame Marie Bashir will officially open the Mater's new North West Wing

The Special Care Nursery, to be known as The Poche Van Norton Nursery in honour of Greg Poche and Kay Van Norton, two of the Mater Hospital's generous benefactors, was made possible by a $4,357,520 donation from the Friends of the Mater Foundation. This covered the total cost of the  entire nursery which is sited on the top floor of the new wing.

In addition to the new Special Care Nursery, the Mater's North West Extensions on level two include two new oversize operating rooms, 10 additional first-stage recovery beds and six additional Intensive Care beds. The new operating rooms feature the most sophisticated surgical robotics system in Australia as well as a Cardiovascular Hybrid Theatre. Both operating theatres are also equipped and able to be used for advanced intra-operative medical imaging.

Level One of the Mater's soon to be opened North West Wing includes 15 additional private hospital rooms for Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation patients. An additional obstetrics theatre is also planned and expected to be completed later this year.

"The new wing provides facilities that will transform the Mater into one of the best equipped and most advanced private hospitals in Australia," says John Pitsonis, General Manager of the Mater Hospital.

Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1906, the Mater Hospital at Crow's Nest welcomes 2,500 babies into the world each year with Mater Maternity recently voted "Number One in NSW" in Medibank's most recent Member Experience Index.

Mater Hospital's extensions include state of the art Special Care Nursery for Premature and Low Weight Babies

The Mater, which is part of St Vincent's Health Australia and a teaching facility of the University of Sydney and the University of Notre Dame, is also a national leader in cancer services, joint replacements, urology, intensive care, renal haemodialysis and cochlear ear implantation.

In addition to Dame Marie Bashir and Bishop Terry Brady, next week's ceremony to open and bless the hospital's new North West Wing will be attended by the NSW Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner, representatives from the Congregations of the Sisters of Charity and the Sisters of Mercy, members of the St Vincent's Health Australia Board, Mater doctors and staff together with donors and members of The Friends of the Mater Foundation.

Sarah Murdoch who with husband Lachlan Murdoch celebrated the arrival of their babies Kalan, Aidan and Aerin at the Mater, will be Master of Ceremonies at the event.