From 2 July 2018, the facility will be rebranded with a campus name of St Vincent’s Care Services Hawthorn, but is expected to see the facility retain its local community identity as Mary MacKillop Aged Care.
St Vincent’s Care Services Chief Executive Officer John Leahy says the transition marks the start of a “new chapter” in the facilities 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,” he says.
“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.”
He adds that the organisation “looks 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 utmost priority during the transition period, and we are thrilled to welcome them to the St Vincent’s Care Services family,” he says.
“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.”
Sisters of St Joseph Congregational Leader Sister Monica Cavanagh commented on the transition, saying it is important that the care of the local elderly community continues.
“Today many religious congregations are working together to provide the best provision of care for the aged in our communities,” she says.
“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.”