On March 9, 1940 Dr Percy Langmore and his son Dr Leonard Langmore opened the first Berwick and District Bush Nursing Hospital on Gloucester Avenue. Alongside three nurses, they provided hospital services for the 1,000 residents of Berwick.
By 1948 it became apparent that the hospital would need to expand and public fundraising allowed the redevelopment of the existing hospital and more land was purchased in 1953.
Four additional wards were opened, as well as an operating theatre, birthing ward and a new kitchen allowing the hospital to treat 275 patients a year.
The Hospital Auxiliary was also established to raise funds to help the hospital and continues today – 60 years on, to be an integral part of the Berwick community.
Further development in the 1970’s introduced occupational therapy, a nursing home and casualty and outpatient services and in 1987 the hospital changed its name to Berwick Hospital.
St John of God Health Care continued the legacy of the early pioneers when it purchased the hospital in 2003 and began a period of expansion and modernisation that would help meet the health care demands of the growing population of Casey and Cardinia.
Today, St John of God Berwick Hospital has 82 hospital beds, four operating theatres and surgical and medical services and proudly delivers its services according to the core St John of God Health Care values of hospitality, compassion, respect, justice and excellence.