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Looking back with gratitude, walking forward in trust

09 June 2019

A changing of the guard has taken place for one of Brisbane’s iconic Catholic healthcare ministries, with the Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters divesting their hospital, aged care and retirement living communities to St Vincent’s Health Australia.

The transition of Holy Spirit Northside Private Hospital and Holy Spirit Care Services to St Vincent’s is the culmination of a long-term partnership, but while the identities of the facilities and services have changed, the tradition of care and compassion remains.

Provincial Leader of the Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters, Sr Philomina Mathew, said the decision to divest their health and aged care portfolio enables the Sisters to focus on their work with refugees, victims of human trafficking, the homeless, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. 

“With the complexity of health and aged care in today’s world, and the number of Sisters in the Province, we discerned our future mission, keeping before us our Founder’s message to the Congregation to look for the needs of the time and move on when the ministry could be carried on by dedicated and reliable partners in mission,” Sr Philomina said. 

Sr Philomina said the Sisters’ partnership with St Vincent’s Health Australia for almost 20 years provided them with confidence their health and aged care ministries were in safe and caring hands.

“The decision for the Sisters to transition the facilities to a health and aged care specialist helped secure a positive future for our beloved communities,” Sr Philomina said.

Holy Spirit Private Hospital Northside transitioned to St Vincent’s in October 2018, and is now known as St Vincent’s Private Hospital Northside.

Chief Executive Officer of St Vincent’s Private Hospital Northside, Daniele Doyle, said the ease of transition reflected the long-standing positive relationship between the two organisations.

“For the past 17 years, the Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters and St Vincent’s Health Australia have worked in partnership in operating the hospital at Chermside, so the transition to full ownership by St Vincent’s is a natural progression. 

“We are extremely proud and grateful of the work the Sisters have delivered to patients since 2001, and we are dedicated to ensuring this exceptional level of care and compassion continues. 

“The existing operational activities and patient services will not be affected. The focus is ensuring the facility continues to serve the needs of the community as reflected in our Mission as a Catholic healthcare organisation, with the same dedication and compassion delivered by the Sisters.

“Our new name strengthens the connections we hold with our sister hospital, St Vincent’s Private Hospital Brisbane at Kangaroo Point, providing patients with comprehensive options for holistic care,” Ms Doyle said.

The Holy Spirit Care Services aged care and retirement living communities at Boondall and Carseldine have also transitioned, and are now known as St Vincent’s Care Services Boondall and St Vincent’s Care Services Carseldine.

St Vincent’s Care Services Chief Executive Officer, Lincoln Hopper, said the welfare of residents has been paramount during the transition of the two facilities, and the minimal disruption to residents was a testament to the care and dedication of Carseldine and Boondall staff.

“The commitment of the staff to the residents and ensuring they remain the priority during this transition has been outstanding. 

“We consider ourselves extremely privileged to be carrying on the tradition that the Sisters have entrusted us with, and we look forward to a bright future for both communities,” Mr Hopper said.