Our Hospital: A History of Caring

A History of Caring

While Hollywood Private Hospital is a modern, state-of-the-art private hospital, it has a proud history which dates back to the Second World War.

Hollywood was originally built during World War II by the Commonwealth Government as a 500-bed Australian General Hospital (also known as 110 Military Hospital). The hospital was built to care for service men and women and it was first occupied in 1941.

In 1947, control of the hospital was passed to the Repatriation Commission to provide acute care for veterans and war widow/ers and it became the Repatriation General Hospital (RGH) Hollywood.

History was made when Australian owned company Ramsay Health Care became the owner-operator on February 24, 1994.

In 2010, Hollywoood Private Hospital published the book “Everyone’s a Hero”. It is the first book about the history of the hospital and is a historical record of transcripts, letters and photographs.

For more information and to order your copy - click here.

Honouring our heroes

Hollywood continues to honour its special links with the veterans and war widows of Western Australia. All wards and units have been renamed after West Australians who were awarded the Victoria Cross and George Cross medals of honour.

Ward/Unit Names

Vivian Bullwinkel Wing

Charles Pope Ward - Victoria Cross
Thomas Axford Ward - Victoria Cross
Henry Murray Ward - Victoria Cross
Leon Goldsworthy Ward - George Cross

Sylvia Perry Wing

Stan Gurney Ward - Victoria Cross
James Woods Ward - Victoria Cross
John Carroll Ward - Victoria Cross
Clifford Sadlier Ward - Victoria Cross

Marjorie Brislee Wing

Hugh Edwards Ward - Victoria Cross
Leslie Starcevich – Victoria Cross
Mark Donaldson – Victoria Cross
Percival Gratwick Ward - Victoria Cross
George Gosse – George Cross

Other Wards

Jim Gordon Ward - Victoria Cross
Lawrence McCarthy Ward - ICU-Victoria Cross
Martin O'Meara Ward - Victoria Cross
Alfred Gaby Ward -GIU- Victoria Cross

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