Theatre Redevelopment Project

Clive Berghofer Theatre Suite Officially Open

The new St Vincent’s Private Hospital Toowoomba Clive Berghofer Operating Theatre Suite was officially blessed and opened on Thursday 22 February in a VIP studded event held in a marquee at the front of the hospital’s main entrance. 

Officiating were the heads of St Vincent’s Health Australia and the organisation’s governing body the Trustees of Mary Aikenhead Ministries, as well as local businessman and philanthropist Mr Clive Berghofer.

St Vincent’s Hospital CEO Kathryn McKeefry said the new facilities have enabled the hospital to introduce exciting new clinical services. The new Hybrid theatre is the first Philips installation of its kind in Australia and New Zealand, with the space currently being used to perform delicate procedure to diagnose heart conditions. This use will develop into full interventional cardiology service later in the year. The expansion also includes bright recovery areas where patients wake after their operations, to natural light and sky views.

Ms McKeefry said the Hospital is proud to have the new theatre suite named The Clive Berghofer Operating Theatre Suite in honour of Mr Clive Berghofer, who donated $5million towards the project. 

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Clive Berghofer Theatre Suite UPDATE

The new state-of-the-art $30 million Clive Berghofer Operating Theatre Suite at St Vincent’s Private Hospital Toowoomba is operational. 

General Surgeons Drs Evan Willingham and Mike Egerton and Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr Andrew Whittle performed the first procedures in the new facility on 29 January 2018

The following day, 30 January 2018, five of the six new theatres became operational and the hospital’s main reception at Entrance 1 reopened for public use. 

Car parking arrangements will return to preconstruction configurations shortly after the refurbishment works currently in progress to create a new 22 bed Rehabilitation Ward are completed.

The sixth theatre, the new hybrid theatre, will become operational after the first procedure is performed by local cardiologist, Dr Bob Ayres, on 8 February.

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Clive Berghofer Operating Theatre Suite

With Queensland Health certification now complete the new state-of-the-art St Vincent’s Private Hospital Toowoomba Clive Berghofer Operating Theatre Suite is ready for the first operations to be performed on 29 January 2018.

General Surgeons Drs Evan Willingham and Mike Egerton and Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr Andrew Whittle will perform a procedure each to test the new equipment and facilities. The first case will commence at 11.00am, the second at 11.30am and the last at midday.

The following day, 30 January 2018, five of the six new theatres will be put to use and the hospital’s main entrance 1 will reopen for public use. Car parking arrangements will return to preconstruction configurations shortly after.

The sixth theatre, the new hybrid theatre, will become operational after the first procedure is performed by Dr Bob Ayres on 8 February.

The $30 million Clive Berghofer Operating Theatre Suite, 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 two months ahead of schedule and the end result has exceeded all expectations.

St Vincent’s Private Hospital Toowoomba CEO Ms Kathryn McKeefry said the new theatres are magnificent.

“Theatres are not usually aesthetically pleasing places – but the new ones at St Vincent’s are spacious and contemporary and equipped with the latest equipment, which will not only enhance the experience for our staff and surgeons but also for our patients.

“From a clinical perspective, the inclusion of a hybrid theatre has enabled us to introduce a new cardiac diagnostic service.

“This new service will be delivered in partnership with Heart Care Partners and local cardiologists from Downs Cardiac Clinic and Hearts 1st. This will develop into full interventional services later in the year,” Kathryn said.

But the benefits of the build do not end with the introduction of new clinical services and an aesthetically 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.

With the theatre build now complete, Kathryn said the main entrance to the hospital will revert back to entrance 1 and car parking arrangements at the front entrance of the hospital will return to normal operations.

The Clive Berghofer Theatre Suites will be officially opened on 22 February 2018. 

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.

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. 

In addition to the six new operating theatres, the redevelopment will include a new 16 bed Recovery Area and a new Day Surgery Unit.

The redevelopment means that local communities across the Darling Downs will have access to world-class operating theatres, all equipped with cutting-edge international technology.

Introducing Pulse Espresso Bar

Change is the word on everyone’s lips as progress on the $30 million Clive Berghofer Operating Theatre Suite surges ahead.
Original project plans to convert the old hospital chapel into a new hospital café have changed and alternative plans implemented to open “Pulse Espresso Bar” a satellite café, operated by a local business “Impressions on Scott”.
Pulse Espresso Bar is located on the ground floor at Entrance 2. The service offers “grab and go” style selections of plain and toasted sandwiches, wraps, breakfast wraps and other healthy breakfast options, pre-made fruit salads, cakes, muffins as well as hot soups, curries and pies.
Coffees, teas, juices, sparkling mineral waters and iced milk drinks are also available as are a variety of sweets, chocolate bars and cheese and cracker snack packs.
The espresso bar is equipped with an internal phone line so that staff, patients and visitors can phone through their orders in advance to compensate for the limited seating available.
“Impressions on Scott” continues to offer a full café service. An all weather/all season outdoor area has been expanded for the convenience of cafe patrons.

Other key areas of service have been relocated into new areas close to Entrance 2 for the duration of the project.

  • You can find Dawn Osborne Florist on the ground floor, in the corridor leading from Entrance 2 towards Entrance 3.
  • HPS Pharmacy is on Level 1, Entrance 2.
  • The ATM from Entrance 1 is out of commission. The closest ATM is at the Range Shopping Centre.
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Successful tender announced

In January 2017 St Vincent’s Toowoomba CEO Kathryn McKeefry announced the successful tender for the redevelopment project is Hutchinson Builders.

The announcement is good news for the hospital and wider community, particularly as the project will inject capital and create employment opportunities to support the local economy.

Hutchinson Builders are a large construction firm with a local base and extensive local knowledge and connections. Their experience in major projects and especially hospital projects will ensure the hospital’s new modern facility is delivered on time and within budget.

Construction will occupy the space around and including Entrance one, the area currently known as the main hospital entrance, Front Reception and Admissions. 

For the duration of the project, Front Reception and Admissions will be relocated to Entrance 2.

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Project timelines and service delivery

The redevelopment major construction is scheduled to start in November this year, with project completion estimated for early 2018. During the project, the hospital’s Cape Chestnut Café and kitchen will be moved.

The hospital will continue to operate as usual during construction, with some movement of service locations on the site.  These changes will be communicated to the community during the life of the project. 

The hospital will be working hard to ensure there is minimal impact on patients and families.

Recognition of project benefactor

The project received a $5 million donation from Mr Berghofer. 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 the hospital’s nationally recognised Intensive Care Unit, which also bears his name. 

Mr Berghofer’s generosity will benefit the health and well-being of future generations of South East Queenslanders.

St Vincent’s Toowoomba also recognises the St Vincent’s Health Australia Board’s significant contribution to this project. 

St Vincent’s Toowoomba has a reputation for the highest quality clinical care. Its dedicated and passionate staff and doctors are vital to the local community. This project means they will be able to go on delivering the highest clinical standards and safety.