St John of God Health Care

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St John of God Health Care is Australia's third largest private hospital operator, with 23 hospitals and facilities comprising more than 3,000 beds. The group operates in Western Australia, New South Wales, Victoria, and New Zealand.[1]

It is Australia's largest Catholic not-for-profit private hospital group[2].

History[edit]

St John of God Health Care Inc is a wholly owned and controlled entity of St John of God Australia Ltd, established in 1989 to sponsor the ministry that until then was run solely by the Sisters of St John of God[3].[4]

The congregation of the Sisters of St John of God was founded in 1871 in Wexford, Ireland. In 1895, Perth’s Bishop Matthew Gibney sent a request to the Sisters for help to care for people suffering from typhoid during the 1890s Gold Rush.[5] The first hospital established under this arrangement was at Kalgoorlie in the late 1890s followed shortly by another in the Perth suburb of Subiaco.

The Sisters of St John of God went on to establish hospitals, patho[6]logy and social outreach services in Western Australia, Victoria and New South Wales.[7]

In 2007, St John of God Health Care merged with the services previously operated by the Hospitaller Order of St John of God in Victoria, New South Wales and New Zealand.[8]

In 2015, St John of God Health Care expanded into public health care and took ownership of Hawkesbury District Health Service[9] and opened St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospitals[10].

Pomegranate symbol[edit]

The symbol used by St John of God Health Care is a cross with a pomegranate.[11] The cross symbolises the Christian heritage of the organisation; the pomegranate, which is open to allow the seeds to scatter, symbolises self-giving and represents the organisation's values.[12]

The pomegranate symbol was chosen by the Sisters of St John of God to reflect the order’s patron Saint, John of God, who ministered to the sick and poor in the Spanish town of Granada – ‘pomegranate’ in Spanish – in the early 16th century.[13]

Services[edit]

St John of God Health Care operates private and public hospitals, as well as disability, home nursing and social outreach services[14].

Locations[edit]

St John of God operates 13 medical/surgical hospitals, one rehabilitation hospital, three psychiatric hospitals, three day hospitals and one oncology centre across Australia. It also operates home nursing services in Western Australia and Victoria, social outreach services in Western Australia, New South Wales and Victoria and supported residential facilities for people living with a disability in Victoria and New Zealand.[15][16]

Australia[edit]

New South Wales[edit]

Victoria[edit]

Western Australia[edit]

New Zealand[edit]

  • St John of God Halswell - a 51-bed facility residential and respite support service and three community homes for people with acquired brain injuries, physical and neurological disabilities.
  • St John of God Wellington - a 36-bed residential care facility for people with physical disabilities.

Social outreach[edit]

St John of God Health Care operates a number of social outreach and community programs to support disadvantaged and vulnerable communities, including:

  • St John of God Accord - disability support services ranging from day respite, to group housing and employment support.[18]
  • St John of God Horizon Houses - accommodation for young people aged 16–22 who would not otherwise have stable living environments.[19]
  • St John of God Raphael Services - early intervention for families during the perinatal period.[20]
  • Nursing and pathology development in East Timor – a project that aims to help improve local nursing and pathology practices and capacity.[21]
  • Accommodation services for people with chronic mental illness in Sydney[22]
  • Community mental health services in Victoria and Western Australia[23]
  • Waipuna – a youth service in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Home nursing[edit]

St John of God Health Choices provides a range of nursing and personal care services in Western Australia and Victoria.[24]

The St John of God Foundation[edit]

The fundraising arm of St John of God Health Care is the St John of God Foundation, established in 1994 by the Sisters of St John of God. In February 2010, the Foundation was integrated into St John of God Health Care.[25]

The Foundation works to raise funds for research, infrastructure and social outreach services[26] in response to the needs of people and communities that are not met by traditional means or government funding.[27]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "St John of God Annual Report 2009/10" (PDF) (Press release). St John of God Health Care Inc. October 2010.
  2. ^ "St John of God Health Care 2015/16 annual report". annualreport2016.sjog.org.au. Retrieved 2017-06-12.
  3. ^ "History". www.sjog.org.au. Retrieved 2017-06-12.
  4. ^ St John of God Health Care, "Governance", Retrieved 2011-02-28
  5. ^ Sisters of St John of God, "Our Founding Story", Retrieved 2011-02-28
  6. ^ "St John of God Health Care 2015/16 annual report". annualreport2016.sjog.org.au. Retrieved 2017-06-12.
  7. ^ St John of God Health Care, "History", Retrieved 2011-02-28
  8. ^ St John of God Health Care, "Annual Report 2007-2008", pp.2, Retrieved 2011-02-14
  9. ^ Rizk, Rita (2015-07-10). "Hawkesbury Hospital transfers ownership". Hawkesbury Gazette. Retrieved 2017-06-12.
  10. ^ "Hospital shot in arm for Midland". The West Australian. 2015-10-05. Retrieved 2017-06-12.
  11. ^ Bronwyn Hughes (2009), "Shining Lights Ethereal Visions", Frankston City Council, pp.23, Retrieved 2011-02-25
  12. ^ St John of God Health Care, "Annual Report 2007-2008", pp.2, Retrieved 2011-02-14
  13. ^ Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, "St John of God", Kairos: Volume 21, Issue 03, Retrieved 2011-02-27
  14. ^ "St John of God Health Care Annual Report 2015-2016" (PDF). Retrieved 18 June 2017.
  15. ^ "Facilities". sjog.org.au. Retrieved 2017-06-12.
  16. ^ St John of God Health Care, "Hospitals", Retrieved 2011-02-25
  17. ^ Rizk, Rita (2015-07-10). "Hawkesbury Hospital transfers ownership". Hawkesbury Gazette. Retrieved 2017-06-12.
  18. ^ Disability News (2008-08-12), "Imaging Better Together", Retrieved 2011-02-25
  19. ^ St John of God Health Care, "Horizon Houses gear up for the Great Bike Ride", Press release, Retrieved 2011-02-25
  20. ^ Department of Health, "Perinatal Emotional Health and Wellbeing Community Support and Resources", pp. 2. Retrieved 2011-02-23
  21. ^ St John of God Health Care, "Asia-Pacific Neighbours", Retrieved 2011-02-28
  22. ^ "YourCare - Social Support, Goods and Services - Supplier - Casa Venegas Community Accommodation". yourcare.org. Retrieved 2017-06-12.
  23. ^ "Community mental health". www.sjog.org.au. Retrieved 2017-06-12.
  24. ^ "SJOG expands home nursing to VIC". Business News. 2010-05-25. Retrieved 2017-06-12.
  25. ^ Sisters of St John of God, "St John of God Foundation", Retrieved 2011-02-28
  26. ^ "New St John of God Foundation CEO says donations crucial to clinical research". Medianet. Retrieved 2017-06-12.
  27. ^ Sisters of St John of God, "St John of God Foundation", Retrieved 2011-02-28

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