In September 2015, Cabrini published the second volume of its history From one pebble, many pearls: perspectives on Cabrini Health 1999−2012 by Melbourne based author Di Websdale-Morrissey.
Sister Pietrina Raccuglia MSC, Provincial Superior of the Stella Maris Province (which includes Cabrini in Australia), officially launches the book at a celebration being held at Cabrini Malvern on Tuesday 22 September
As well as providing accounts of key milestones in the evolution of Cabrini in Australia during the past decade, the book includes a section on the development of the Institute of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart over the past ten years providing a key international perspective.
Cabrini Chief Executive Dr Michael Walsh says he is pleased to present the book, which is the second volume of the history of Cabrini Health in Australia. It begins where the last book Cabrini: a hospital’s journey 1948−1998 by Gwynedd Hunter-Payne finished.
“This book provides perspectives on a period of time in Cabrini’s growth and history from 1999 to 2012. Rather than providing a strictly chronological review, this book focuses on a number of key developments in the evolution of our organisation. The stories have been told with the different perspectives of people who were involved at the time, which I think gives a rich account of Cabrini Health over the past decade or so,” said Dr Walsh.
“It is a tribute to the courage and vision of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (the Cabrini Sisters) who founded our institution and continue to sponsor and guide us today. It honours the Cabrini Health Board of Directors, management, doctors, staff and volunteers – past and present – who worked at Cabrini from 1999 until now. I especially thank our three Board Chairs of this era: the late Jan Bitcon, Professor Peter Phelan and Peter Matthey.”
The book is dedicated to Sister Irma Lunghi MSC (1926-2013) and Sister Regina Casey MSC who both spent many years working tirelessly at Cabrini in Australia and were much loved by all.
In rseearching and preparing the manuscript for the book, the author Di Websdale-Morrissey conducted approximately 100 interviews. She says the project “quickly became a fascinating and involving” one that drew her into life at Cabrini.
“Before beginning the project, I had no real knowledge of Cabrini. What surprised me most was its size and reach: the number of campuses, the size of its staff and accredited doctors; its specialisations; never-ending quest for excellence; and its advances into research and education. It was fascinating to discover that Cabrini is often at the forefront of advances in healthcare within the private sector – the introduction of its palliative care service which is unique in Victoria and so many other firsts. Chemtronics (a biomedical engineering business, now part of the Cabrini Technology group) and the Cabrini Linen Service also amazed me with their size and scope.”
Ms Websdale-Morrissey says she enjoyed the process particularly the many interviews she conducted. “The interviewees sat happily sharing their memories,” she said. “I would often get lost in the stories, laughing, crying, admiring. I hope that the book is overwhelmingly a celebration.”
Details about the book
- Soft cover, 336 pages, dimensions 220 mm X 170 mm
- Approximately 150 full colour photographs
- Design and typesetting by Motion Advertising and Design Pty Ltd (Victoria)
- Printing by Adams Printers Pty Ltd (Victoria)
- Cover photography by John O’Flaherty
- Stained glass windows featured on the book cover and throughout the book were created by Australian glass artist David Wright and are located at in the chapel at Cabrini Malvern, 183 Wattletree Road, Malvern
- Publisher is Cabrini Health Limited, which holds copyright
For a copy of the book, please call Cabrini’s marketing and community relations department on ph (03) 9508 3553 or firstname.lastname@example.org