STAGE ONE OF THE MATER HOSPITAL REDEVELOPMENT HAS BEGUN AT THE HOSPITAL’S MAIN PIMLICO SITE, BRINGING WITH IT EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AND THE PROMISE OF STATE-OF-THE-ART HEALTH FACILITIES FOR NORTH QUEENSLAND.
The $52 million stage one expansion will include four additional operating theatres, a new Day Surgery, expanded X-Ray facilities and a new main hospital entrance.
Mater CEO Gerard Wyvill said people in the north deserved the same high standard of facilities and services offered in major metropolitan private hospitals, and should be able to receive it without the need for travel.
“The expansion project will deliver the latest private hospital facilities and services for our patients which will be equal to or better than any private hospital in Australia,” he said.
“With the new day surgery and state-of-the-art operating theatres our patients will be operated on by the North’s leading surgeons in the latest facilities.
“The Mater is a not-for-profit Catholic health service that continually re-invests in facilities and services for our community.”
Mater Health Services is the largest private employer in Townsville, employing over 960 staff. The redevelopment is creating more than 100 jobs during construction, with contract builders CPB Contractors committing to using local workforce and suppliers for the project.
Gerard said the builders had been chosen because of their specialised expertise in constructing large-scale health facilities such as the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital and the Townsville Hospital Redevelopment.
CPB Contractors Project Director Carmelo Di Bella said the project had been a great opportunity to keep their locally based staff and families in the Townsville region, all of whom worked on the recently completed Townsville Hospital Redevelopment.
“We will continue our long-standing, successful working relationship with the local supply chain to maximise local industry participation,” he said.
“We are committed to targeting a 90 per cent local participation rate for the project. To date 100 per cent of the contracts have been awarded to suppliers in the local region.”
Mater Chairman Patrick Brady said the economic effect would flow on from construction.
“A project of this size not only delivers increased health services, it creates a boost to the local economy through construction jobs and increased employment opportunities in the health care sector,” he said.
Stage One of the Mater redevelopment is part of a Master Plan that will establish the Fulham Road, Pimlico medical strip as the foremost private health precinct north of Brisbane, according to Mayor Jenny Hill.
“The Mater’s master plan is a far-sighted commitment to high-quality health care services for our communities here in Townsville and throughout the north and north west,” she said.
The next stage of the Mater’s Master Plan for the Pimlico campus includes a multi-story carpark and doctors suites.
Future road works are also planned for Fulham Road including a new roundabout at the Fulham Rd/Diprose St intersection which will divert traffic into the new hospital entrance.