Hollywood dedicates new wing to Anne Leach, FNM OAM
Apr 24, 2015
Hollywood Private Hospital today announced the new wing which is part of its $74.1 million infrastructure project will be named after World War II nurse, Mrs Anne Leach.
Mrs Leach, a nurse with the Australian Army has a long association with Hollywood commencing during World War II and continuing to the present day. From 1943 to 1945, Mrs Leach was on the staff of the then named 110th Australian General Hospital (Hollywood Private Hospital since 1994), as senior sister in charge of the orthopaedic ward, acting also as night superintendent.
As a result of her army nursing and community service work with the Red Cross and other organisations, Mrs Leach received the Florence Nightingale Medal (1983) and the Order of Australia Medal (2000).
Today, Mrs Leach maintains a close relationship with the hospital, having been involved in Hollywood’s Remembrance Day service for more than 10 years. Mrs Leach is the wife of the late Mr Vernon Leach, who fought in the Second 16th Battalion in World War II and joined Legacy soon afterwards.
On hearing the announcement, Mrs Leach who will be 101 in June was overwhelmed.
“To hear that Hollywood wants to honour my service in this way is very touching. I loved my hospital nursing and Hollywood holds a special place in my heart,” she said.
Hollywood Chief Executive Officer Peter Mott said “In a special year in which we commemorate 100 years of ANZAC, it’s an exceptional moment for Hollywood being able to pay tribute to Mrs Leach and her contribution and service to the community.”
The Anne Leach Wing, due for completion later this year, will house six additional state-of-the-art operating theatres, two new wards and a new kitchen.
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