Celebrating 10 years of the new Mater Mothers’ Hospitals

Monday, 4 June 2018

Celebrating 10 years of the new Mater Mothers’ Hospitals
Today marks the 10 year anniversary since the new Mater Mothers’ Hospital was blessed and officially opened, with public and private services commencing care for women and babies, and their families, in the new hospital on 4 June 2008.
The hospital was opened by Her Excellency, Ms Quentin Bryce AC, the Governor of Queensland and the Honourable Anna Bligh MP, Premier of Queensland and blessed by the Most Reverend John A Bathersby DD, Archbishop of Brisbane.
Despite inclement weather, the event was held in the historic Aubigny Place forecourt and attracted hundreds of guests and dignitaries including The Honourable Kevin Rudd MP, Prime Minister of Australia, Sisters of Mercy, past and present patients, supporters and Mater staff.
The ceremony was highlighted with significant symbolism that depicted the transition from the original hospital to the new Mater Mothers’ Hospital with a combination of elements that represented Christian Values, Mater Health Services and life.
The result of a four-year construction period, the state-of-the-art maternity facility featured 88 public and 90 private maternity beds and 16 birthing rooms. The hospital also included an expanded Neonatal Critical Care Unit with 79 cot spaces, including intensive care and special care cot, making it one of the biggest Neonatal Critical Care Units in the nation.
The new facility was designed on a balanced model of wellness and highly specialised care in response to women’s expectations of maternity care. The hospitals offer patients a range of services to deliver real benefits to women, along with providing a family-focused environment in terms of care and support.
The Foundation Stone was placed at the entrance to the new Mater Mothers’ Hospitals. The eiderdown blanket is a symbol of comfort and care. The illusion of carved soft folds, beading and crumpling of the cloth alludes to the Mater’s Values of Mercy, Dignity, Quality, Commitment and Care. Using the local Northern Queensland white marble, the artist, Alexander Seton, carefully carved the illusion of softness, so that to the casual eye the blanket appears to be real—welcome, soft, warm and inviting. 
Over the last 10 years Mater Mothers has welcomed 96 719 babies and is well on its way to 10 000 births for 2018.

Tags: Aubigny, Mater Mothers' Hospital, Sisters of Mercy