Calvary sign memorandum of understanding for Playford Precinct co-located hospital

Calvary Health Care is excited to have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the NorthWest managed Vital Healthcare Property Trust for a co-located private hospital adjacent to The Lyell McEwin Public Hospital campus.

NorthWest today announced an update to its ~$165* million, three-stage healthcare precinct project at Playford, marking over $260 million worth of healthcare infrastructure investment announced in South Australia in the past month.

The memorandum is part of a three staged development by NorthWest Healthcare Properties (“NorthWest”), through its NZX listed fund, Vital Healthcare Property Trust.

Calvary National CEO Mr Martin Bowles said “We are delighted to continue supporting the people of the greater northern region of South Australia. Being part of the NorthWest private health care precinct allows Calvary to offer additional benefits to the northern community including a new Calvary hospital, which will replace the current Calvary Central Districts Hospital, and, being immediately adjacent to the major public hospital in the catchment, the ability to attract best-in-class surgeons and specialists.

The new three-staged development is located opposite the Lyell McEwin Hospital at Playford in Adelaide. The three elements being developed comprise:

Stage 1. Now complete: A $24 million, 450 bay multi deck carpark and 1,700sqm of retail with tenants including IGA, Medimart and Australia Post.

Stage 2. Construction to commence mid 2022: A $49 million state-of-the-art Specialist Medical Centre, with ~6,000sqm across four levels including radiotherapy (Genesis Care), radiology (Radiology SA), pathology (Clinpath), day oncology (Calvary Health Care), pharmacy, medical consulting suites and a café.

Stage 3. Memorandum of Understanding signed: A $75 million private hospital to be operated by Calvary Health Care, with provision for eight operating theatres and up to 120 day and overnight beds.

NorthWest plans to eventually connect the private hospital to The Lyell McEwin Hospital via an airbridge, to allow maximum connectivity and service delivery between the healthcare facilities.

Construction of the private hospital is expected to commence by January 2023.

This new healthcare precinct is being undertaken by the NorthWest managed Vital Healthcare Property Trust, a NZ $2.6 billion NZX-listed fund (NZX:VHP). NorthWest is Australia and New Zealand’s largest owner and manager of healthcare property and specialises in the development of market-leading healthcare precincts.

President and Chief Executive Officer of Australia and New Zealand for NorthWest, Mr. Craig Mitchell, said: “A core expertise of our business is in sourcing, planning and delivering market-leading healthcare precincts that service critical community needs on a large scale. The Playford medical, retail and hospital precinct was a compelling opportunity for NorthWest given its accessibility, central location and proximity to the existing Lyell McEwin Hospital, which we expect will maximise the value of the healthcare services offered.”


* includes base build and hard fit out

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