Two major Sydney Catholic hospitals to merge
St Vincent's Hospital in inner-city Darlinghurst is to merge with North Sydney's Mater Hospital on 1 January next year.
The Catholic Weekly reports that neither St Vincent's Public, St Vincent's Private Hospital or Mater Hospital are expected to change names, but some cooperation is expected between the two campuses in non-competing business areas, such as finance and administration.
The Sisters of Charity, who run St Vincent's, and the Sisters of Mercy, responsible for the Mater Hospital, share the aim of better integrating Catholic health and aged care services in the state.
Sr Annette Cunliffe, congregational leader of the Sisters of Charity, and Sr Joanne Kirk, leader of North Sydney's Sisters of Mercy, said in a joint statement: "This collaboration is not motivated by an urgent economic need, nor with the expectation that services will be automatically rationalised … there will be some changes but we expect them to focus on growth."
As from January 1 next year, both hospitals will be run by a merged board, with one group Chief Executive Officer, and executive management at both campuses.