Between then and now there have been a number of different names and types of organisations overseeing district health services in New Zealand, including in more recent times hospital boards and Crown Health Entities (CHEs).
Waikato District Health Board (DHB) was formed in 2001 as one of 21 health boards set up at that time to provide a point of planning, funding and providing hospital and community based health care in each defined district.
Waikato Hospital started as a small kauri farm cottage overlooking Lake Rotoroa in Hamilton, in the 1880s.
Today it stands as a sprawling campus and part of Waikato District Health, an organisation that employs more than 6000 people and offers hospital and community based health services across the Waikato.
The rich history of Waikato Hospital and its health services is recorded in memorabilia (equipment, books, documents, photographs, uniforms and the like) collected, recorded and displayed by the Health Memorabilia Trust in a bid to preserve rare and interesting material about the history of health for the benefit of future generations.
The history itself has been told in three published books:
Please contact the Health Memorabilia Trust if you have information or items of interest, or inquiries of a historical nature
Changing Times, Changing Places: From Tokanui Hospital to Mental Health Services in the Waikato, 1910-2012.
Edited by Catharine Coleborne and the Waikato Mental Health History Group (John Graham, Stephanie Lambert & Suzette Poole)
The book is 264 pages in length and includes 49 black and white photographs. Copies can be purchased from the Waikato Health Memorabilia Trust.