The Presbyterian and Uniting Churches established St Andrew's War Memorial Hospital in 1958 as a living memorial to those who gave so much, so unselfishly, in the two world wars of the twentieth century. After nearly ten years of fundraising land acquisition, hard work and dedication, the hospital's foundation stone was laid on the 14th of May 1958.
On the 2nd of June the same year, the Chairman of the Hospital's Board of Governors, Dr Harold Crawford, performed the hospital's first operation.In so doing, he began a proud tradition of clinical excellence that still serves to guide the hospital and its staff in their endeavour to provide the highest quality healthcare.
WE ARE UNITINGCARE HEALTH In 2000 St Andrew's War Memorial Hospital became part of UnitingCare Health and joined five other UnitingCare Health hospitals to provide a network of more than 1000 hospital beds across Queensland. The Uniting Church in Australia has a long history of establishing special ministries to meet the needs of the community. In Queensland all the Church's major community service comes within Uniting Care. The major service groups are:
• Blue Care • Family and Community Support • Lifeline • Crossroads • Uniting Health Care
UnitingCare Health aims to provide the highest standard of healthcare through the establishment of a network of associated resources ranging from nursing homes and community care services to high-technology acute care hospitals and specialist centres. As a part of this impressive network of excellent resources, St Andrew's has an even greater capacity to provide for the healthcare needs of the community.
Values: Our values are the principles, standards and qualities that characterise the way in which we do our work. UnitingCare Queensland believes the following values are fundamental to the work we do and expresses the mission of God by being present in people's lives to offer hope, healing and transformation:
• Compassion - through our understanding and empathy for others we bring holistic care, hope and inspiration • Respect - we accept and honour diversity, uniqueness and the contribution of others • Justice - we commit to focus on the needs of the people we serve and to work for a fair, just and sustainable society • Working together - we value and appreciate the richness of individual contributions, partnerships and teamwork • Leading through learning - our culture encourages innovation and supports learning
FIRST CLASS TREATMENT St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital provides the best possible care and leadership in all spheres of activity of the hospital. We have earned a reputation as a first class hospital particularly for complex clinical procedures with one of the highest patient complexities in Australia.
St Andrew’s is a world leader in patient outcomes for many of our specialties. We achieve this by attracting the Best Staff and Medical Practitioners and carefully auditing and improving on the outcomes of our treatments.
Through the work of our staff and doctors and in collaboration with St Andrew’s Medical Institute we have and will continue to evaluate, benchmark and improve what we do to enhance the quality of our patient’s lives.
St Andrew’s demonstrates results that are statistically amongst the best in the world and consistently measure and exceed US, European and Australian benchmarks for patient outcomes. It is in this way we fulfill our own motivation to work in healthcare and our role as a Uniting Church organisation.
A FOCUS ON TECHNOLOGY St Andrew's War Memorial Hospital has earned a reputation as a leader in its fields through a commitment to technological advancement and innovative approaches to the provision of the highest quality healthcare.
Our commitment to technology is evident in all areas of the hospital from state-of-the-art surgical and theatre equipment to our 'Patient Email' service and high-tech computer networks.
Our Theatre Equipment Purchasing Program ensures that the hospital is equipped with the most technologically advanced medical equipment.
Through the hospital's CME Online project, General Practitioners in rural and remote areas will have access to the best medical education programs via the Internet.
THE FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE St Andrew's War Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit hospital that is built on a proud tradition of leadership. As a healthcare facility, St Andrew's has been rewarded with industry recognition, business success and clinical outcomes amongst the best in the world.
It is not enough though for us to rest on our laurels, we accept that with accolades come responsibility and expectation.
We have a responsibility within the community to continue pushing the boundaries for the benefit of all our patients, staff and doctors and we look forward to the challenges of the future.
AWARD WINNER St Andrew's commitment has seen the hospital honoured with a number and variety of awards. St Andrew's is the only hospital to have won the Australian Private Hospital Association's National Award for Excellence in Hospitals Over 70 Beds more than once, and our Cardiac Services department won the Australian Private Hospital Association's National Award for Excellence for a team.
The Australian Quality Council recognised St Andrew’s at a National level for the hospital's Progress toward Business Excellence.
The Australian Human Resources Institute awarded St Andrew's high commendation for Leadership in Human Resources two years in a row.
St Andrew's has won both National and State Awards for Excellence in Marketing from the Australian Marketing Institute.
In 2000 St Andrew's became the FIRST hospital in Queensland to have received an award for customer service from the Australian Customer Service Association (ACSA).
Many of the hospital's staff has received individual awards and commendation for their efforts in providing excellent care and service.