Celebrating Princess Margaret Hospital For Children Milestones

By Sophie Blackshaw
Wednesday, 10 December, 2014

A giant photographic timeline documenting the medical and social achievements of the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children (PMH) over more than 100 years has been unveiled, just as the state government prepares to open the new $1.2 billion Perth Children's Hospital in the new year.
PMH has held a special place in Western Australia's history, with its creation inspired by a young girl who, in 1897, placed three pennies in a money boxed, hoping they would go toward the treatment of sick children.
Renamed the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children (PMH) in 1949, the hospital’s long history  was celebrated when the timeline, which runs the length of the undercover walkway leading to the hospital's main entrance, was unveiled.
Health Minister Kim Hames said the timeline is one of a number of commemorative events taking place over the next year.
“When the hospital opened, it was a landmark time in paediatric health care for the State and it’s only fitting, as the State Government prepares to open the new Perth Children’s Hospital, that we all pay tribute to PMH’s past and present staff and their dedication to patient care,” Dr Hames said.
“The hospital and its people have featured in the lives of generations of West Australians and together they’ve become a large part of the community.”

The Minister also thanked the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, the hospital’s largest fundraising body, for their continued support.

“Since 1998, the foundation has been a major contributor to the hospital and we look forward to continuing this important relationship when Perth Children’s Hospital is completed next year,” he said.
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