The Southern Cross | March 13 2020
A traditional smoking ceremony from Kaurna and Nurrunga man Jack Buckskin and a blessing by Bishop Greg O'Kelly SJ marked the official opening of the new $345 million Calvary Adelaide Hospital last week.
A relative of Jack, the late Mary Joan Buckskin nee Karpany, was the first Indigenous registered nurse to graduate from Calvary North Adelaide Hospital in the late 1970s.
Mary was instrumental in South Australia’s bipartisan signing of the Oxfam Closing the Gap Statement of Intent to address Aboriginal health inequities. Calvary Adelaide Hospital now houses the Mary Buckskin Auditorium on Level 1 in tribute to her contribution to improving health outcomes for Aboriginal people within South Australia and across the whole country.
Apostolic Administrator of the Adelaide Archdiocese Bishop Greg O’Kelly SJ blessed the hospital, which is Calvary’s largest healthcare investment in Australia, and the following day celebrated a thanksgiving Mass in the chapel.
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