St Vincent’s Private Hospital Toowoomba will begin construction on a $30 million theatre redevelopment this year following the commitment of funds from St Vincent’s Health Australia’s Board and local philanthropist, Clive Berghofer.
CEO Kathryn McKeefry said she was delighted to announce the theatre redevelopment and looked forward to welcoming a new era of health service provision at the facility.
“We are humbled to receive a $5 million donation toward the project from Mr Berghofer and in recognition of this extremely generous gift our new development will be named the Clive Berghofer Operating Theatre Suite.
“Mr Berghofer has been a long-time supporter of St Vincent’s Toowoomba. He previously donated funds to our nationally recognised Intensive Care Unit, which also bears his name.
“Well known for his commitment to philanthropy across many different aspects of community life – but particularly health and research – Mr Berghofer’s generosity will benefit the health and well-being of future generations of South East Queenslanders and we acknowledge his charitable work.
“We also recognise the St Vincent’s Health Australia Board’s significant contribution to this project. It’s a remarkable investment in our community and its people and speaks volumes for the organisation’s confidence in Toowoomba's future.
“At the completion of this project, St Vincent’s Toowoomba will have six additional state-of-the-art theatres available to the community of Toowoomba and the Darling Downs,” she said.
Ms McKeefry said that in addition to the six new operating theatres, the $30 million theatre redevelopment would include a new 16 bed Recovery Area and a new Day Surgery Unit.
“This is an exciting milestone, not only for the hospital, but the entire community. It means they will have access to world class operating theatres, all equipped with cutting-edge international technology, on their doorstep.
“St Vincent’s Toowoomba has a reputation for the highest quality clinical care. Its dedicated and passionate staff and doctors are vital to our community. This project means they will be able to go on delivering the highest clinical standards and safety.
“We will be going out to tender for construction of the theatre redevelopment in August and expect preliminary works to commence in September. The major construction is scheduled to start in November this year, with project completion estimated for early 2018,” she said.
Ms McKeefry said during the theatre redevelopment, the hospital’s Cape Chestnut Café and kitchen will be moved.
“The hospital will continue to operate as usual during construction and, while there will be some movement of service locations on the site, we will be communicating these changes to the community during the life of the project.
“We will be working hard to ensure there is minimal impact on patients and families,” she said.
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