Com­mu­nity busi­ness hub de­liv­er­ing

Cambridge Edition - - WHAT’S ON - MIKE BAIN

‘‘Over the years we have re­moved walls re­mod­elled rooms to suit clients needs, and we still have a wait­ing list for new ten­ants."’’

The for­mer Cam­bridge Ma­ter­nity Hos­pi­tal in Tay­lor St is still go­ing strong.

Ba­bies haven’t been de­liv­ered at the birthing unit for over 25 years, but the build­ing still has that hos­pi­tal feel as the un­mis­tak­able smell of food be­ing pre­pared from the kitchen wafts down the long cor­ri­dors.

Twenty five years later the Cam­bridge Health and Com­mu­nity Trust con­tinue to de­liver out­comes from the cen­tre for its com­mu­nity.

As you wan­der down the hall­ways you see the or­gan­i­sa­tions who ten­ant the many rooms some com­mer­cial op­er­a­tors like the cater­ing com­pany who use the kitchen and the many com­mu­nity groups who have made the old ma­ter­nity hos­pi­tal their base.

This month the trust mem­bers run­ning the com­plex, pur­chased from the Waikato Area Health Board with pub­lic funds in 1992, have cel­e­brated the cen­tre’s 25th an­niver­sary.

Rose­mary Hill an orig­i­nal trus­tee from 1993 is still there to­day as chair­per­son.

She strug­gles to re­call when she first took the chair but re­mem­bers the ti­tle in those days was ‘chair­woman’.

Many pre-school groups, Par­ents Cen­tre, Cam­bridge Toy Li­brary and the Montes­sori School op­er­ate in dif­fer­ent parts of the build­ing.

But it’s not just the young us­ing the build­ing Trust sec­re­tary Jenny Baker said, at the rear of the build­ing is the Mag­no­lia Lounge used weekly by age care providers Resthaven Rest Home for day care fa­cil­i­ties for de­men­tia pa­tients and a day club for the pub­lic.

Across the path in part of the old nurses home Se­nior Net has its head­quar­ters.

Trust sec­re­tary Jenny Baker has also been in­volved since 1994 has seen it all.

‘‘Over the years we have re­moved walls re­mod­elled rooms to suit clients needs, and we still have a wait­ing list for new ten­ants.’’

The com­plex boasts four meet­ing rooms with the largest be­ing the birthing room in a pre­vi­ous life has now been trans­formed into a mod­ern meet­ing room with the lat­est IT, sound and vis­ual fa­cil­i­ties.

The Cam­bridge Health and Com­mu­nity Trust con­tin­ues to de­liver. Jenny Baker -Trust sec­re­tary

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