The significant and ongoing investment in our facilities allows us to deliver on these commitments and contribute to our mission to be a recognised leader in the Australian health care sector.
Our building projects, which are continually improving our facilities, create a modern comfortable environment in which we can provide new and innovative services through which we can deliver our distinctive, quality care to more people.
This requires significant investment in major greenfield developments and redevelopments of existing hospitals and facilities.
The 2015/16 year was a significant one for St John of God Health Care. In addition to opening the new St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospitals on time and on budget, other redevelopments were either completed or progressing towards completion.
The commissioning of the St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospitals was a milestone in our strategic journey and highlights the vital role St John of God Health Care is playing in our communities. The new hospitals will significantly enhance the region’s health services, providing higher acuity and more complex clinical services, such as intensive care, coronary care and cancer care, with a greater range of services in emergency, paediatrics, aged care and rehabilitation, surgery, medicine and mental health.
The public hospital, which was jointly funded by State and Commonwealth Governments and which St John of God Health Care will operate under a public private partnership, provides free high quality public health care for the area. The continuing upgrades of our Bendigo, Geelong, Murdoch and Mt Lawley hospitals will significantly improve our services in these communities while the new $120 million St John of God Berwick Hospital will significantly increase the hospital’s capacity and our ability to service one of Australiaís fastest growing residential corridors.
We have also continued with our program to introduce clinical information systems in all our hospitals by 2019. We believe that this important initiative will transform our current clinical processes and significantly improve our analytic capabilities leading to better clinical outcomes.
Important features of some of these initiatives include:
- St John of God Midland Public Hospital has 307 beds, with 80 per cent single rooms, nine courtyards and a children’s playground, providing patients with natural light and fresh air.
- The $41 million redevelopment of St John of God Bendigo Hospital, will add 46 new beds and an operating theatre, with 69 refurbished rooms.
- The new John of God Berwick Hospital will increase capacity from 74 beds to 190 and from four theatres to six.
- The $20 million redevelopment of St John of God Geelong Hospital will enhance cardiac services and include a new eight bed intensive care unit.
- St John of God Murdoch Hospital has refurbished three of its six wards and opened a new chapel and foyer.
- The post-acquisition upgrade of St John of God Mt Lawley Hospital includes theatre areas, central sterile supply department and the medical records area.