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Friday, 24 January 2014 11:38

First sod turned for new Mater hospital

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Mater Health Services celebrated the turning of the first sod for Mater Private Hospital Springfield with a groundbreaking ceremony on 17 October 2013.

Mater representatives were joined for the milestone occasion by stakeholders including Springfield Land Corporation, Ipswich City Council, Radiation Oncology Queensland and Archbishop Mark Coleridge.

Earthworks on the site of the 80-bed, $85 million hospital have commenced, with construction scheduled to commence in January next year and completion earmarked for the end of 2015.

The new Mater Private Hospital Springfield will be located at Springfield Central within “Health City” – a 52-hectare master-planned health and wellness precinct designed by Springfield Land Corporation in collaboration with Harvard Medical International.

The state-of-the-art health facility will offer a combination of inpatient, day and chemotherapy beds and a cancer care centre will be partially funded by $21.4 million from the Australian Government.

Mater has a master plan for the hospital precinct of Health City that incorporates a number of expansion stages designed to meet the growing demands of the region.

Executive director Mater Private Hospitals Don Murray said the turning of the first sod was a major milestone for Mater and the greater Springfield community.

“The turning of the sod on the site of Mater Private Hospital Springfield marks an exciting journey for Mater and its commitment to meeting the healthcare needs of the growing community of greater Springfield,” Mr Murray said.

“Stage one will provide a range of medical and surgical services and other specialities are being considered for the future development of the hospital.”

“The framework of services provided by Mater, its partners and other third parties, will be responsive to the community’s health need and will provide accountable, holistic care that promotes wellness, prevention of illness in addition to exceptional acute and sub-acute care and treatment,” Mr Murray said.

The facility will include theatre space, inpatient wards, a day surgery unit and a cancer care centre, initially with a linear accelerator and 15 medical oncology treatment bays, to be further developed in a partnership between Mater and Radiation Oncology Queensland.

Springfield Land Corporation chairman Maha Sinnathamby congratulated Mater Health Services on the major milestone.

“This is very much a day to remember for Mater and the wider community as a historic tipping point for the realisation of Health City and the enormous benefits that will flow to the Greater Springfield region,” he said.

(Present for the groundbreaking ceremony were, from left, Mater Private Hospitals executive director Don Murray, Springfield parish priest Fr Mauro Conte, Archbishop of Brisbane Mark Coleridge, congregation leader Sr Sandra Lupi rsm, Sr Mary Lawson rsm, Sr Jean Gormley rsm and Aboriginal elder Uncle Joe Kirk.)

This article was first published in the Summer 2013 edition of Health Matters, the quarterly magazine of Catholic Health Australia.