Ayla’s arrival marks hospital’s new era

Dean and Mariza Butler, with baby Ayla Butler. Ayla is the first baby born at St John of God Mt Lawley. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d419488
Dean and Mariza Butler, with baby Ayla Butler. Ayla is the first baby born at St John of God Mt Lawley. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d419488

Ayla was the first baby born at the hospital, which was recently taken over by the St John of God Hospital Group, to parents Dean and Mariza, of Bayswater.

Hospital chief executive Chris Hanna said the hospital liked to celebrate births marking key moments, with Ayla’s birth also falling on International Day of the Midwife.

‘It is a very nice connection, particularly as there is a strong obstetrics connection with this site,’ she said.

Ms Hanna started her first day at the hospital on the same day and said her focus was on ensuring the transition from Mercy Hospital to St John of God happened smoothly.

‘We are thrilled to continue the obstetric care at the hospital,’ Ms Hanna said.

‘We will also be building on the strong service provision in general surgery and medicine.

‘Mercy Hospital also had the only private specialist rehabilitation service and St John of God Hospital will continue that.’

Ms Hanna said the Mt Lawley site would add to the group’s portfolio of hospitals, including Subiaco and the yet to be completed Midland hospital.