The new St Vincent’s Private Hospital Toowoomba Clive Berghofer Operating Theatre Suite was officially blessed and opened today, heralding an exciting new chapter in the hospital’s 96-year history and for healthcare in Queensland’s Darling Downs.
The $30 million theatre complex, which added six new state-of-the-art operating theatres including a cutting-edge hybrid theatre, a new kitchen and a new main reception area for the hospital has been completed under budget and two months ahead of schedule.
The end result has exceeded all expectations.
Hospital CEO Kathryn McKeefry said the theatre complex build has been a great success from the first day of construction and delivered much more than new facilities for the hospital.
“Hutchinson Builders managed the build so well they were able to hand back the space to us before the end of last year, which enabled us to undertake the monumental task of commissioning the theatres and orientating our staff and the surgeons in preparation for the first cases in January and early February.”
Kathryn said the individual theatres function well but are also aesthetically pleasing spaces.
“Our new theatres are contemporary and spacious and equipped with the latest technology and equipment, which will enhance the experience for our staff, surgeons and patients.
“From a clinical perspective, the inclusion of a hybrid theatre has enabled us to introduce a new cardiac diagnostic service in partnership with Heart Care Partners. This new service will be delivered in collaboration with our local cardiologists and develop into full interventional services later in the year,” Kathryn said.
The benefits of the build do not end with the introduction of new clinical services and an aesthetically pleasing environment.
The new kitchen completed as part of the theatre build has enabled the hospital to introduce room service for all patient meals – an innovation that has proved very popular with patients.
“2017 was a big year for St Vincent’s Private Hospital Toowoomba and we are grateful to the Trustees of Mary Aikenhead Ministries and St Vincent’s Health Australia for their $25 million investment in the hospital’s future,” said Kathryn.
“We are also proud the new theatre suite is named the ‘Clive Berghofer Operating Theatre Suite’ in honour of local business man and philanthropist Mr Clive Berghofer AM, who donated $5 million towards the project.”
As a flow on from the theatre project the hospital is currently creating a 22 bed post-operative rehabilitation ward, and following that, work will begin on a new 16 bed cardiac medical ward to support the new interventional cardiology service, which is due to commence later in 2018.