Rannerdale Trust is pleased to announce the opening of its new 10 bedded Hospital Wing the Jacinda Baker Wing.
Rannerdale provides up to 45 long term hospital rooms. The John Masters hospital wing provides large ensuited rooms with superior views and the Kowhai and Manuka wings accommodate spacious, standard hospital rooms.
Lance Corporal Jacinda Baker
Jacinda Baker, aged 26 was one of three soldiers from the New Zealand Defence Force killed in action in Afghanistan on Sunday the 19th of August 2012. Jacinda was the first New Zealand female Defence Force causality since the Vietnam War.
Jacinda was a Year 13 student at Rangiora District High School in 2002. She joined the NZ Army and trained as a medic and was posted to Burnham Regional Support Company in April 2007. Jacinda was posted to the 2/1 RNZIR in December 2007 and deployed as a medic to the Solomon Islands in 2010.
Jacinda completed her Medic training at the New Zealand Defence Force Health Training School at Burnham Military Camp in Canterbury. Rannerdale has a strong relationship with Burnham Camp and the Health Training School.
Jacinda received a Chief of Army Commendation in 2011 for her professionalism and courage during exercise Southern Warrior in June 2008. She was promoted to Lance Corporal in July 2008.
Jacinda was professional. Joyce and Peter, Jacinda’s parents say she was proud to be a medic in the New Zealand Army and proud of the work she carried out. In naming the new Rannerdale 10 bedded hospital wing, the Jacinda Baker Wing, Rannerdale Trust acknowledges her Canterbury connection, her medical training, professionalism, dignity and respect that represent the core values of the New Zealand Defence Force and also Rannerdale as a not for profit organisation.
For Rannerdale Trust, Jacinda’s service and sacrifice represents a commitment to this nation by a growing number younger New Zealand veterans and their families, many who are currently serving our nation and put themselves in harm’s way.