Stories

These stories chronicle some of the exceptional highlights at Mater for 2008. They can be filtered using either the category, tag or date links in the menu to the right.

New beginnings

Wednesday, 2 January 2008

At 4.12 pm Jessica Simmonds was born at Mater Mothers’ Hospital, she was 15 weeks premature and weighed 382 grams. Her untimely arrival was a matter of necessity as Jessica’s mother, Karleen, was in danger of losing her own life suffering from the rare HELLP Syndrome, a severe complication of pre-eclampsia.

Filed under: Mothers', Video

Young respiratory patients benefit from new service

Wednesday, 16 January 2008

An initiative by the Mater Children’s Hospital, which began in January 2008, is proving effective in reducing hospital admissions for young patients suffering from Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and Bronchiectasis.

Filed under: Children's

Volunteer doctors honoured for tireless contribution

Thursday, 24 January 2008

The selfless contribution made by the volunteer doctors who staff the Queensland Integrated Refugee Community Health Clinic (QIRCH) gained the accolade of a Griffith Australia Day Award in January.

Filed under: Mission

Committee strengthens path to sustainability

Monday, 4 February 2008

In February 2008 Mater made a clear commitment to reducing its ecological footprint by establishing its own Complex-wide Sustainability Committee.

Filed under: Support

Mater helping new mums

Tuesday, 19 February 2008

In the lead up to the opening of the new Mater Mothers’ Hospitals, more than 80 Brisbane mums eager to be a part of an innovative new program (known as the “Ward Nannies”) came for the program’s first information session at Mater Volunteer Services.

Filed under: Mothers'

Leading paediatric surgeons join Mater

Wednesday, 5 March 2008

Dr Graham Nunn, one of Australia’s top children’s cardiac surgeons, was appointed to lead the Queensland Paediatric Cardiac Service (QPCS) surgical team at the Mater Children’s Hospital in March 2008.

Filed under: Children's

Mater Children’s Private Hospital celebrates 10 years

Monday, 10 March 2008

Celebrating its 10th birthday in true style, the Mater Children’s Private Hospital (MCPH), which treats more than 3000 patients each year, hosted two gala events on Monday, 10 March 2008.

Filed under: Adult, Children's, Mothers', Private

New era in cardiovascular care at Mater Private

Friday, 21 March 2008

On 21 March 2008 Mater Private Hospital Brisbane saw the dawning of a new era with revolutionary new technology installed in the hospital’s second state-of-the-art catheter lab.

Filed under: Private

A pilgrimage of Mercy

Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Mercy Award winners June Adams and Chris Hill arrived in Dublin, Ireland for the Mercy Leadership Pilgrimage on 1 April 2008, ready to explore leadership in the context of the life and ministry of our foundress, Catherine McAuley.

Filed under: Mission

OAM for Maureen

Friday, 4 April 2008

On Friday 4 April 2008, Mater Adult Hospital Breast Care Unit Clinical Nurse Consultant Maureen Gleeson was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for her service to nursing and to women diagnosed with breast cancer.

Filed under: Adult
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