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Calvary Tasmania buys St Vincent's Hospital Launceston

The Little Company of Mary, which runs Calvary and other hospitals around Australia, has bought Launceston's St Vincent's Hospital (pictured) from the Sisters of Charity.

The Mercury quotes Calvary CEO Allan Boston's expectation that the takeover is only waiting on approval from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, and that this is expected within six to 10 weeks.

St Vincent's Hospital has 200 staff and a licence for 120 beds. Launceston's formerly Anglican St Luke's Hospital, which Calvary acquired earlier this year, has 350 staff and 120 beds.

Mr Boston has made an assurance that there will be no reduction in services.

"We will be moving to consolidate the services across the two campuses and we are confident we can then introduce new clinical services and new technologies," Mr Boston said.

Cardiology, urology and orthopedics are the service most likely to be improved.

"We want to reduce duplication between the two sites and improve the high dependency unit," he said.

Australian Nursing Federation Tasmanian secretary Neroli Ellis said the union expects all positions to be transferred to Calvary under the conditions of a recent enterprise bargaining agreement.

"We are confident Calvary can continue to improve services," she said.

Calvary Health Care Tasmania is the largest private health provider in the State. Aside from Launceston, it has nearly 1000 employees across its three campuses in Hobart. It is a Catholic not-for-profit organisation, a service of the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary, who have provided health care to those in need in Australia since 1885 and in Tasmania since 1938. It is a part of LCM Health Care, which operates the Calvary public and private hospitals, hospices, and aged care services in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide, Hobart, Wagga Wagga and the Hunter Valley.

Earlier this year, LCM Health Care acquired the 71 bed Hurstville Private Hospital in southern Sydney

Calvary buys St Vincent's Hospital (The Mercury 27/10/04)

Calvary Health Care Tasmania | Calvary continues local expansion (2/3/04)
Little Company of Mary Health Care
Archdiocese of Hobart - Health & Aged Care
Little Company of Mary acquires another hospital (CathNews 11/2/04)
Catholic Health Australia
Little Company of Mary

27 Oct 2004