Mercy changes

Mercy Hospital in Mt Lawley.
Mercy Hospital in Mt Lawley.

It was announced last week that SJGHC would take control, pending necessary approvals, of the Mt Lawley hospital currently run by MercyCare.

Chief executive Michael Stanford said the group had plans to expand the hospital’s existing services and its private specialist rehabilitation service for both public and private patients.

‘As a large private hospital operator we have the resources and the expertise to invest in Mercy Hospital and further enhance services to the community,’ he said.

‘We will ensure that the hospital’s patients, families and the community continue to receive the highest standards of care and compassion.’

Mercy Hospital, which opened in 1937, is a 205-bed hospital and has a 20-bed private rehabilitation unit and a 24-bed public patient rehabilitation unit.

MercyCare chief executive Chris Hall said the organisation would focus on providing other health care services.

‘This allows MercyCare the opportunity the look at providing a wider range of health care and social services in people’s homes and in their communities and increasing access to services for people who are without adequate assistance or marginalised from mainstream service programs,’ he said.

The transfer of ownership is expected to take place early next year.