On 16 July 1936, Mater Misericordiae Hospital at 19 Royal Terrace, Dunedin admitted its first patient. Today, Mercy Hospital celebrates the anniversary of this important day with patients and staff.
As Founder’s Day coincides with the school holidays, celebrations are a family affair. Events include a workplace tour and quiz for staff members and their tamariki; a colouring in competition; and staff come together to share morning tea.
This year patients were included in celebrations, with each patient in Mercy's care on 16 July being gifted a special rimu momento inlaid with paua shell.
Founder’s Day is also when Mercy recognises staff members who have attained five, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years’ service at the annual Long Service Awards. This year 24 staff are recognised, who together have completed an impressive 360 years of service to Mercy.
Mercy Hospital's Chief Executive, Richard Whitney, appreciates the opportunity that Founder's Day provides to reflect on the origins of the organisation, whilst also acknowledging the work that present-day staff do in maintaining the Sisters' vision.
"Founder’s Day is also a chance to express sincere thanks to all of the staff and specialists who continue our founders' legacy of delivering exceptional care to our community," he says.
Organising the day's events is Alofa Lale, Mercy's Mission Coordinator.
"As we celebrate the past and all that it means to our Mercy Family, we also take time to welcome members of our own families to share in activities and acknowledge this special day. It has been lovely welcoming our Mercy families to the workplace," Alofa reflects.