20th anniversary of St Hedwig Village
|CEO Kathy Eberl (left), centenarian resident Ida Nemeth and Director of Nursing Pam Moore. Photo: Virginia Knight.|
By Virginia Knight, Catholic Outlook, May 2012
St Hedwig Village has celebrated the 20th anniversary of the opening of its nursing home as part of its aged care and retirement complex in Blacktown.
The St Hedwig community commemorated the milestone on Thursday 23 February with a Mass celebrated by Fr Cristian Uptmoor, followed by a flag ceremony and presentation of certificates to several long-term residents, volunteers and staff.
In 1986, two German communities - St Raphael’s at Blacktown and St Christophorus at Croydon - pooled their resources to build an aged care complex with assistance from the Federal Government. St Hedwig’s hostel was completed and opened in 1989, and before long the need for a nursing home was also identified.
The President of the St Hedwig Board, Jack Hanich, said their mission was to provide a home for those who cannot look after themselves in a ‘homelike’ environment.
“At St Hedwig, we care for our elders in a Christian environment and give them the opportunity to age here with dignity. That is what we are trying to achieve and I think we do it well.”
He said that in the beginning St Hedwig was built to predominantly cater to the German-speaking community. Today, more than half the residents are not of German origin, and St Hedwig now represents a mixture of cultures.
St Hedwig’s CEO Kathy Eberl said the centre has continued to grow and expand its facilities and services to cope with the growing demands for aged care and the way that quality care is delivered to residents.
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