STAFF at Glengarry Private Hospital celebrated the facility’s 40th anniversary with guests, including one of the first of more than 36,000 babies born there.
The hospital opened in 1977 with 80 beds, and in the past four decades it has expanded to a 110-bed hospital offering a range of services including maternity, endoscopy, palliative care, surgical, rehabilitation and medical services.
On November 8, members of the local community joined staff to commemorate the 40th anniversary with a morning tea in the renovated hospital garden.
One of the guests, Barbara Limb, was one of the first maternity patients and returned with her husband Murray and daughter Alison, who was the first baby girl born at Glengarry.
In 2014, the Limb family enjoyed another special moment there with the birth of Alison’s first child.
“We officially opened on 11 November 1977, and in that time have cared for thousands of local people across a wide range of specialties,” Glengarry chief executive Leonie Gardiner said.
“Our maternity unit has delivered over 36,000 babies.
“We’re especially committed to supporting expectant families through the momentous occasion of birthing a child, and providing hospital-level care in what feels like a home environment.”
Staff also welcomed back surgeon S.O. Lim, who performed the first surgery 40 years ago and enjoyed a lengthy history with the hospital until he retired in 2000.
“It was full of happiness and the people were wonderful,” Dr Lim said of his time working at the hospital.
The event was also an opportunity for staff to raise funds for Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia, a not-for profit-organisation helping Australian families affected by postnatal depression.
“With Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week taking place from November 12-17, we thought it was only fitting to use our anniversary event to support this worthwhile cause,” Ms Gardiner said.
In 2005, Glengarry became part of the Ramsay Health Care group, Australia’s largest private hospital operator.