In 1989, St John of God Health Care, in conjunction with the Sisters of St Joseph of the Apparition and the Sisters of Mercy in Perth, lodged a proposal for new private hospital facilities in the south metropolitan area of Perth.
The success of this proposal led to St John of God Health Care undertaking the construction of what is now St John of God Murdoch Hospital.
Staff from St Joseph’s Hospital Bicton and St John of God Rivervale transferred to St John of God Murdoch Hospital in preparation for the opening of the new hospital.
Other key staff for the development of the new hospital were recruited and appointed, starting with the founding Chief Executive Officer Bill Shields in 1991.
The site of the new hospital was blessed on 21 September 1991 and the first patients were admitted on 14 February 1994.
The vision of a unique hospital south of the river became a reality and enabled us to continue the work of St John of God and the founding sisters.