Calvary Riverina Hospital opens $9.3m Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Unit
8th September 2015
On Tuesday 8th September Calvary Riverina officially opens Calvary’s latest development, the Mary Potter Palliative Care Unit and the St Joseph’s Rehabilitation Unit, followed by an open day on Monday 14th September 2 – 4pm.
The project, valued at $9.3Million, demonstrates Calvary’s commitment not only to Palliative Care but also to the Riverina and to the continued growth of our service in the region.
The opening by the Honourable John Watkins, Chair of the Calvary National Board, is followed by an official blessing conducted by Bishop Hanna, Bishop of Wagga Wagga.
The new building comprises the 14 bed St Joseph’s Rehabilitation Unit with Hydrotherapy Pool and Gym, named after the first hospital established in Wagga Wagga by the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary (Calvary), and an eight bed Mary Potter specialist palliative care unit, named in honour of the founder, Mary Potter.
Palliative Care is core to the services provided by Calvary around the world, continuing the mission of the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary, founded by the venerable Mary Potter in 1877 to care for the sick and dying. The expanded Palliative Care Unit has been designed to encourage family support, with private gardens for each room providing a link with the local environment. The specialist palliative care unit was established in July 2013 in temporary accommodation on St Anne’s East ward whilst planning and construction of this building was undertaken.
Jo Williams, CEO of Calvary Riverina Hospital, says “The goal is to provide improved access to rehabilitation for the people of the Riverina. The rehabilitation inpatient and day patient programs are new services, initially provided to our many orthopaedic patients, with future plans to offer structured rehabilitation programs for cardiopulmonary and neurological patients.
“The new building will allow Calvary to expand its inpatient capacity and provide much needed rehabilitation programs and an improved palliative care setting,” Ms Williams said.
Ms Williams said Calvary Riverina’s Palliative Care service also provides inpatient services to public patients, with Calvary being part of the Palliative Care Alliance, a group which works together to provide an integrated service to the people of the Riverina.
The facilities include a fully equipped gymnasium, hydrotherapy pool, outdoor exercise area, kitchen and laundry for assisted daily living exercise.
The heritage of the Calvary site is also acknowledged in this project, with heritage panels developed to interpret the changes to the site since the hospital was first established as St Joseph’s in 1926 in what was then known as Foxborough Hall, across the road from the current facility.