On Friday 4 December 1998, 20 years ago, Mater Children’s Private Brisbane (formerly named Mater Children’s Private Hospital) was officially opened by the Governor of Queensland, Major General Peter Arnison AO and blessed by Father Cassian Double OFM. The 25-bed facility was Australia’s first dedicated private paediatric hospital.
Since then staff and specialists working at Mater Children’s Private Brisbane have been providing innovative healthcare and emotional support to children and their families throughout southeast Queensland and beyond.
There have been many talented specialists caring for Mater’s children over the years; a number of whom have been working at Mater Children’s Private Brisbane since its inception 20 years ago and remain active in the hospital still to this day.
Amongst these, Dr Peter Borzi has been working at Mater since 1987 and was appointed in 1994 as a paediatric surgeon. As an attendee at the hospital’s opening in 1998, Dr Borzi has been able to reflect on some of his most memorable experiences over the last 20 years.
“For over two decades I have always found that Mater People have a ‘can do’ approach. There is a very caring and dedicated team supporting our patients and their families, providing the highest level of patient-centred care and still today, twenty years later, that work ethic remains unchanged,” Dr Borzi said.
Today, Mater Children’s Private Brisbane includes an inpatient ward, surgical and medical day units as well as Queensland's only dedicated paediatric sleep unit.
The paediatric facilities are designed to make children and their families as comfortable as possible with private single rooms with ensuite and a parent’s day bed, spacious sibling room options, entertainment and play areas and a dedicated kitchenette in the parent lounge.