Hospital Milestone "Truly Momentous"
Geelong’s shiny new hospital is another step closer to admitting patients, following the handover of the key from builders Brookfield Multiplex to Epworth HealthCare on Friday 15 April 2016.
The $277 million, 262 bed state-of-the-art hospital on Pigdons Road Waurn Ponds, has been under construction since April 2014 and will now be fitted out by the Epworth Geelong team in preparation for a mid-year opening.
“There’s still a great deal of hard work in front of us, but today’s milestone is truly momentous,” Epworth Geelong’s CEO Damian Armour said today. “It’s not often that there is an opportunity to build a hospital from scratch as we have in Geelong, and that has allowed us to design a highly functional building that we’re sure the community will love. I couldn’t be prouder of what has been achieved so far”, said Mr Armour.
Brookfield Multiplex’s Regional Managing Director Graham Cottam said, “This has been a most rewarding and positive project. The Geelong trades community has delivered a world-class quality facility that everyone can be proud of.”
Epworth Geelong is a not-for-profit, private hospital, combining more than 95 years of Epworth HealthCare’s experience with an expert team of local staff and doctors, who all share the same vision – to provide an outstanding healthcare facility of choice for everyone.
The new hospital is on track to admit its first patients in early July 2016 opening with 172 private inpatient rooms, a purpose-designed emergency department, intensive care unit and state-of-the-art theatre precinct, as well as a range of diagnostic services including Epworth Medical Imaging, Cardiac Diagnostic Services and Epworth Pathology.
Photo from Friday’s handover shows Paul Fenton—Epworth Geelong Director of Commissioning with the team from Brookfield Multiplex.
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