On behalf of the Sisters of Charity, the Sisters of Mercy and staff of the Mater, I warmly welcome you to our hospital. For over 100 years we have excelled in the delivery of quality care. Working in partnership with our patients and their families we take a holistic approach to healthcare and create a healing environment that is second to none.
In providing the best possible care and treatment the Mater has evolved to be more than just a hospital. It is a healing community. Transformed since its establishment in 1906 the Mater has been built by extraordinary people, who provide extraordinary care, on a mission focussed foundation of excellence.
With a clear vision for the future and set to better meet your needs, the Mater has evolved to become a campus. In the past two years the campus has grown to house the Mater Clinic and the Poche Centre which is home to Melanoma Institute Australia. Furthermore we have enhanced our services with the opening of the JM Agnew Wing, a 14-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit; extended our potential to engage in further cancer research initiatives with the relocation of The Patricia Ritchie Centre for Cancer Care and Research and expanded our Renal Unit, from 10 to 16 chairs, through a partnership with Fresenius Medical Care.
Located on Gillies Street, the long awaited Mater Clinic includes orthopaedic, obstetric, cardiology and a range of other specialty consulting suites, an orthopaedic day surgery unit with three theatres, two research areas, pathology services and is home to more than 50 of Sydney's most highly regarded specialists.
Melanoma Institute Australia, housed in the Poche Centre, is the world's largest melanoma treatment, research and education centre. Opening of the centre was made possible through the generosity of Greg Poche AO. This significant financial contribution has given hope to Australia. As the country with the world's highest rate of melanoma Mr Poche has gifted not just to the Mater but the entire nation with a facility that will minimise the devastating impact of melanoma.
As we continue to evolve our campus, we work to protect our environment through green initiatives and a holistic approach to heal the mind, body and spirit. Opening of the Mater's healing garden ensures a serene haven for quiet reflection and comfort. Creation of the healing garden is reflective of our commitment to quality healthcare as a growing body of international research demonstrates that a garden environment can accelerate recovery from illness and reduce stress.
Our commitment to quality healthcare is reflected in the measurement of our success. The Mater Hospital is accredited with the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards. This provides peace of mind in knowing that the Mater continually complies with the highest level of quality care and patient safety as set by the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards and other regulatory agencies.
In living the mission of the Sisters of Charity and the Sisters of Mercy, the Mater engages in numerous mission driven programs including community fundraising and initiatives such as LinkAGE, a program that improves quality of life for residents of aged care facilities across Sydney.
Of course none of our achievements would be possible without the incredible band of people - from our doctors and other healthcare professionals to those that work behind the scenes to volunteers - who value our patients, their safety, their recovery and their dignity.
I hope that this website reflects our mission, our spirit of service and most importantly is of assistance to you.
Executive Director, Mater Hospital