New hospital on track to open in September next year
THE construction of the St Stephen's Hospital in Urraween is on schedule for practical completion in August and to be opened for patients in September, 2014.
St Stephen's Maryborough and Hervey Bay general manager Leanne Tones said plumbing and electrical infrastructure was being fitted.
"Despite some challenges with the weather, the existing building structure has been connected to the structural steel of the new building," he said.
The project is partially funded by the Federal Government's Health and Hospitals Fund Regional Priority Round.
The government's contribution of $47.1 million will have St Stephen's existing day surgery expand to a 96-bed inpatient facility with five operating theatres.
The funding also includes an eHealth initiative which will make St Stephen's the first fully digitised hospital in Australia.
"It is envisaged that this will serve to attract new specialists and services to the Fraser Coast community, improving the provision of healthcare services," Ms Tones said.
The new hospital will provide extensive healthcare services.
The Sara Stella Medical Centre will also be co-located with the hospital and accommodate a wide range of clinical services and specialties.
There are 16 suites available to be purchased or subleased by medical specialists.
"Having all these services under one roof provides improved access and convenience for our specialists and their patients," Ms Tones said.
"The level of integration of data, systems and technology within St Stephen's Hervey Bay will be at the absolute forefront of what is available in Australia."
- Surgical services include orthopaedics, urology, gynecology, colorectal, ophthalmology, vascular, maxillo-facial surgery and gastroenterology
- Medical services include endocrinology, respiratory, sleep studies, day oncology, and haematology