Mater Hospital Rockhampton celebrates centenary
CELEBRATIONS: Staff past and present gather to celebrate the Mater‚Äôs 100 year milestone. Contributed
SOME 300 guests attended the Rockhampton Mater Hospital's Foundation Day Mass and Luncheon held on Saturday November 14. To celebrate 100 years of providing quality catholic health care to the people of Central Queensland, this significant milestone was celebrated at St Joseph's Cathedral. The occasion provided the opportunity to pay tribute to the enormous contribution of the Sisters of Mercy and staff past and present, hundreds of whom were present on the day.
The mass was officiated by the Most Reverend Bishop Michael McCathy, Bishop of Rockhampton, and attended by 35 Sisters of Mercy, including special guest Berneice Loch, Leader of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea.
Mater Rockhampton staff were presented with 'Years of Service' Awards, some of whom have worked at the Mater for the past 30 years. The Catherine McAuley Awards, presented to individuals in Hospital Services for their outstanding contribution on promoting the Mission and Philosophy of Mercy Health and Aged Care Services was awarded to Catherine Weaver and Helen Gudmann. The Sr M Collette Lanigan Award for individuals for their contribution in Nursing Services was presented to Leesa Connor and John Hustler.
A luncheon following the mass provided the opportunity for staff past and present to reminisce about their experiences at the Mater and celebrate the hospital's rich history.