Calvary’s ‘Hospital for the future’ to open in 2017
21st March 2016
“Calvary ACT Bruce Private’s new ‘Hospital for the future’ will feature eight state of the art operating theatres accommodating everything from day surgery procedures to complex surgery in digital operating suites, along with private single rooms with hotel like ensuites and finishes.
Today the Hon. John Watkins AM, Chair of Calvary, is hosting a site blessing and ceremonial sod turning on the construction site of the new 94 bed Calvary Bruce Private Hospital in Canberra, ACT. The new hospital is scheduled to open in July 2017.
Mr Watkins described the new Calvary Bruce Private Hospital as “a significant milestone. This is the first new private greenfield hospital built in the ACT for some time.
“The new Calvary Bruce Private Hospital is an explicit demonstration of our commitment to reinvest everything we earn in essential infrastructure, facilities and staff.
“The new hospital is being funded by Calvary at a construction cost of nearly $62 million, with a further $6.6 million being spent on additional specialist medical and hospital equipment.
“More than 350 jobs are created during construction of the hospital. Once constructed, a further 50 new full time clinical and administrative positions will be created in addition to existing staff, who will move into the new Calvary Bruce Private Hospital.”
Mr Watkins added that “The construction of the new Calvary Bruce Private Hospital and the repatriation of the existing private hospital beds to public hospital services is a win-win for the ACT, increasing both public and private beds.”
The new Calvary Bruce Private Hospital will double the current level of beds available on the Bruce campus. The existing Calvary Private Hospital, established 28 years ago on areas within the Calvary Public Hospital, will be returned to the public hospital creating further capacity for public hospital beds.
The new hospital will initially open as a 94-bed facility with 74 surgical and medical beds, 12 dedicated post-natal beds and an eight-bed CCU/High Dependency Unit, with an inbuilt further capacity to expand to 156 beds in years to come, in line with the population growth projections for the northern Canberra region.
An additional eight beds are also planned for Calvary Private’s existing private mental health clinic, Hyson Green.
A new pedestrian bridge linking the new hospital to the existing Calvary Public Hospital and Emergency Department will enable Calvary to continue to share specialist equipment and services between hospitals, allowing an additional 47 private beds to admit emergency and elective patients.
The construction of the state of the art new Calvary Bruce Private hospital also features environmental sustainability initiatives using best practice approaches to minimise energy consumption and manage waste.