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31 December 2000

Gary Henry Resigns as General Manager.


Auckland Healthcare Services Limited becomes the Auckland District Health Board. Board members are appointed by the Ministry of Health until the elections in September 2001. Meetings are to be held in public and the media can attend.

25 March 2001

The screening of 'Clares Story' a drama based on Clare Materson and the Cartwright Inquiry prompts numerous calls about the taking of smears of babies born between 1963-1965.

April 2001

Lois Harrison leaves National Women's after 29 years as the hospital's Mortician, she has made sure babies that have died are carefully looked after in the mortuary.

10 April 2001

Cathy Handley is formally welcomed to the position of General Manager.

June 2001

Associate professor John France retires as head of the School of Medicine's Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department. He is replaced by Professor Peter Stone.

July 2001

The hospital is successful in gaining accreditation for a further 3 years.

August 2001

Property developer Ken Kells of Rawson 2000 demolishes the old Pitt street St Helens Hospital. The report of a study looking at whether there is a link in a cluster of cancer cases in midwives working at National Women's is released. The study did not find a link but is strongly criticised for not including all the known cases.

September 2001

A new Board is elected to the Auckland DHB following local body elections. This is the first time in over a decade that Boards have comprised elected representatives. The chairman, Wayne Brown, a former engineer and property developer is a government appointment.

4 December 2001

All 7 ADHB General Managers are disestablished as part of the Integrated Change Programme ( ICP) restructuring. The 7 positions are to be reduced to 4 by combining some positions. It is announced that National Women's and the Starship hildrens Hospital will be combined under one Manager.

7 December 2001

Farewell to Cathy Handley following the disestablishment of her position. This marks the passing of the last General Manager of national Women's.

February 2002

The Domestic Violence Centre gifts a position of Hospital Advocate to National Women's funded by the ADHB, the first of its kind in NZ. Dale little is appointed to the position.

March 2002

Lianna De Jong becomes the 3000th mother in the Cornwall suite. Lianna is given a gift to aknowledge the birth of baby Angeline.

March 2002

National Women's staff help respond to numerous calls from the public following he media coverage about the 1300 hearts being held in the Green Lane Heart Library. By June there have been 4000 calls to the hotline.

29 April 2002

Kay Hyman is appointed 0.5 National Women's and 0.5 Starship joint General Manager position.

April 2003

Malcolm Battin wins the National Health Committee individual category of the Inaugural Health Innovation Award 2003 for the Neonatal Head Cooling Cap used at National Women's in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

April-May 2003

Extensive public outcry over the proposed plan to change the hospital's names and have just Auckland City Hospital in anticipation for when the services are amalgamated on the Grafton site. Celebrities from all over the country rally to support keeping the Starship, Green Lane and National Women's names.

30 May 2003

Official closing ceremony for The Cornwall Suite. This is a consequence of the new funding arrangements facilitated by the ADHB and results in a reduced number of beds at National Women's. There is a significant increase in women having their babies at National Women's (20%) transferring to the private Birthcare service in Parnell for postnatal care.

May 2002

Childbirth Education classes are started for Somali women, to help them understand the New Zealand maternity service and the services provided at National Women's Health. These classes are provided for two years and discontinued at the same time that National Women’s Health loses the contract for Child Birth Education Classes in 2004.

July 2003

ADHB buildings and grounds are declared smokefree, with the exception of temporary patient-only designated smoking gazebos, which are made available until 1 October 2003 when no smoking will be permitted anywhere on ADHB premises.

September 2004

The Memory garden was opened on September the 4th 2004. It was built in consultation with National Women’s staff and interested community groups such as SANDS, Miscarriage support and Twin Loss Craig Scott from Twin Loss designed and built the garden.

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September 24th

National Women’s closing ceremony. This is held in a marquee outside National Women’s Hospital. During this time of closing there were many staff initiated activities to mark the closing of National Women’s Hospital


A quilt was made in 2003/2004 by the staff of National Women’s Hospital to commemorate the closing of National Women’s at the Greenlane Site

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October 2004

From the 11th of October 2004 all babies are born at the new National Women’s Health Labour and Birthing suite on Level 9 at Auckland City Hospital. The move includes postnatal services and high risk outpatient services.

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March 2008

National Women’s Health achieves Baby Friendly status. The award is presented by WHO representative Mrs Sadeh and the Executive Director of the NZ Breastfeeding Authority Julie Stufkens. A Baby Friendly hospital is a healthcare facility that protects, promotes and supports exclusive breastfeeding from birth.

July 2009

Funding for maternity services provided at National Women’s Health is changed from volume based funding to complexity based funding

March 2010

National Women’s Health opens a fourth operating theatre on Level 9 of Auckland City Hospital.

June 2010

National Women’s Health closes the DOMINO midwifery service. The DOMINO scheme provided ADHB-employed midwives to delivery midwifery care to women through their antenatal, labour and postnatal care.

ORDA (Operating Room Day Admission) is opened. This facility allows women to come directly to ORDA to wait for surgery, rather than be admitted to the ward first.

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