Hos­pi­tal marks 125 years of health care in the re­gion

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS -

Palmer­ston North Hos­pi­tal was opened on Novem­ber 27 1893 and last week cel­e­brated 125 years of pro­vid­ing health care to the com­mu­nity.

Pae Ora Ma¯ ori Health direc­torate and kauma¯ tua from Manawhenua Hauora wel­comed guests with a po¯ whiri in the Gar­den of Tran­quil­ity where a ko¯ whai tree was planted and a plaque un­veiled.

The guests in­cluded the Min­is­ter of Health Dr David Clark, Mayor Grant Smith, MidCen­tral DHB chair­per­son Dot McK­in­non and cur­rent and for­mer staff and board mem­bers.

Dr Clark said 125 years was an im­pres­sive mile­stone for the hos­pi­tal, and an op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate the his­tory and con­tri­bu­tions of the staff.

“The hos­pi­tal has achieved nu­mer­ous mile­stones to be proud of since it opened in 1893.

“Just some of those key achieve­ments in­clude start­ing dis­trict nurs­ing in 1914, ob­tain­ing its first x-ray equip­ment in 1931, open­ing a chapel in 1957 and start­ing the coun­try’s first Coro­nary Care Unit in 1966.”

Ms McK­in­non spoke of the hos­pi­tal’s hum­ble be­gin­nings.

“The hos­pi­tal had no elec­tric­ity, only two doc­tors and three nurses, just four wards, and beds for 25 pa­tients.

“It was a com­mu­nity af­fair — a hos­pi­tal es­tab­lished by the peo­ple of the dis­trict for the dis­trict’s peo­ple.

“Its his­tory is steeped in gen­er­ous and com­mit­ted in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions who have worked ex­traor­di­nar­ily hard to make sure a first class hos­pi­tal ser­vice is de­liv­ered ev­ery day of ev­ery year.

“Over the past 125 years the hos­pi­tal and its ser­vices have changed out of sight, and the pace con­tin­ues to gain more and more mo­men­tum. The hos­pi­tal now has over 300 beds and 2500 staff.

“I salute those who have gone be­fore in mak­ing this hos­pi­tal great, and pay trib­ute to all who work in it to­day.

“Palmer­ston North Hos­pi­tal is con­sid­er­ably big­ger than it ever was, and we want to now em­bark on the next stage of up­grade to en­sure it re­mains ca­pa­ble of meet­ing the com­mu­nity’s needs.”

Dr Clark said MidCen­tral DHB was in­no­va­tive, pro­gres­sive and in­clu­sive and had led the way in clin­i­cal, op­er­a­tional and so­cial fields, both na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally for New Zealand in many ways.

“I ac­knowl­edge the ded­i­ca­tion and hard work that’s led to that.

“The gen­er­a­tions of doc­tors, nurses, mid­wives, al­lied health work­ers and other health work­ers who have con­trib­uted over the last 125 years to those firsts and to the ev­ery­day care, qual­ity care and ser­vices that are pro­vided in our com­mu­nity.”

Kauma¯ tua pa¯ pa¯ Mick Maru blesses the hos­pi­tal’s 125th an­niver­sary plaque in the hos­pi­tal’s Gar­den of Tran­quil­ity with Dr David Clark, MidCen­tral Dis­trict Health Board chief ex­ec­u­tive Kathryn Cook and chair­woman Dot McK­in­non.

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