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When the Calvary Adelaide Hospital opens its doors to patients in the second week of January it will be a proud moment in the 120-year history of the provision of health care by the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary in Adelaide.

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Founded in Nottingham, UK, by the Venerable Mother Mary Potter in 1877, the order sent six Sisters to Sydney in 1885 and in 1900 acquired Calvary Hospital, North Adelaide, and established the Adelaide Foundation.

The new hospital in Angas Street is Calvary’s biggest ever investment in Australia and, with 344 beds, will be the largest private hospital in South Australia.

It will provide Adelaide’s only private 24/7 emergency department, offering comprehensive emergency medical services and a gateway to the Calvary network of care across Adelaide.

With a distinctive Calvary blue façade, the hospital will replace the existing Calvary Wakefield Hospital in Wakefield Street and the Calvary Rehabilitation Hospital at Walkerville. More than 700 hospital staff will relocate to the new site.

John Watkins AM, Little Company of Mary Health Care National Board outgoing chair, said the hospital would continue “that loving care provided by Sisters throughout Australia and in this State for over 100 years”.

The new hospital’s nine wards have been named after Mother Mary Potter and Little Company of Mary Sisters who founded Calvary’s services in SA, as well as Australia’s first Saint, Mary of the Cross MacKillop.

Well-known SA artist Meliesa Judge has been commissioned to create Stations of the Cross for the hospital chapel. She is also designing three leadlight windows for fabrication by Adelaide Leadlight. The windows represent the three images that inspired Venerable Mary Potter to establish her ministry of care for the sick and the dying: the Precious Blood, the Holy Spirit and the Maternal Heart.

Calvary’s director of Mission Susan Holoubek said seeing the Calvary logo rise over the CBD was a very proud moment because of what it represents, “the open-hearted and inclusive health, aged and community care ministry that we provide with the cross at the centre as a sign of hope and healing”.

To view a virtual tour of the hospital visit



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