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Legacy of care to continue at St Vincent’s Care Services Hawthorn

02 July 2018
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St Vincent's Care Services media release
Monday 2 July 2018

St Vincent’s Care Services is pleased to announce today the transition of Mary MacKillop Aged Care in Hawthorn East, Melbourne to St Vincent’s Care Services. 

From today, the facility will retain its local community identity as Mary MacKillop Aged Care, and will also be rebranded with a campus name of St Vincent’s Care Services Hawthorn.

The Sisters of St Joseph have operated the facility for the past 61 years, and Congregational Leader Sr Monica Cavanagh said it was important the care of the local elderly community continued.

“Today many religious congregations are working together to provide the best provision of care for the aged in our communities. 

“The requirements related to the provision of aged care has led our congregation to take this step, and I am delighted that St Vincent’s Care Services can continue this important ministry,” Sr Cavanagh said.

St Vincent’s Care Services Chief Executive Officer, John Leahy, said the transition marked the start of a new chapter in the facility’s history.

“For more than 60 years, Mary MacKillop Aged Care, under the auspices of St Joseph Health Care Services (Vic) and the Sisters of St Joseph, has provided excellent compassionate care and support to elderly residents from all walks of life.

“We at St Vincent’s Care Services consider ourselves privileged and honoured to be able to continue this legacy of care, and we are especially grateful to the Sisters of St Joseph for their dedication in caring for the elderly in this community.

“We look forward to continuing the Sisters’ work in the same compassionate Catholic tradition, drawing inspiration from the Sisters of St Joseph, St Mary MacKillop and the founders of St Vincent’s Care Services — the Sisters of Charity and Mother Mary Aikenhead.

“The wellbeing of residents, clients, staff and volunteers at Mary MacKillop Aged Care has been the upmost priority during the transition period, and we are thrilled to welcome them to the St Vincent’s Care Services family. 

“The addition of St Vincent’s Care Services Hawthorn to our organisation is part of our ongoing commitment to providing high-quality communities of care for older people, who are often the most vulnerable in society,” Mr Leahy said.