The first major concrete pour at the Midland Public Hospital has taken place on schedule, Health Minister Kim Hames said today.
Construction on the State and Federal Government-funded 307-bed, $360million public hospital began in August.
Dr Hames said St John of God Health Care was responsible for the design, building and operation of the hospital at the Midland Health Campus.
The hospital will deliver free public health care to about 29,000 inpatients when it opens in 2015. The Minister today witnessed the first pour of 140 cubic metres of concrete where the radiology and nuclear medicine departments will be situated.
“It is wonderful to see work beginning in earnest at this site, producing a hospital campus that will bring the very best in healthcare to residents in the area,” he said.
The first of two tower cranes, standing 48 metres high, are in place on the site.
“There’s no doubt these cranes will be the highest in the surrounding area and dominate the skyline for some time yet,” Dr Hames said.
“Choosing to build this hospital by partnering with St John of God Health Care will save the WA taxpayers about $1.3billion over the life of the contract.”
The Liberal-National Government has embarked on biggest hospital building and refurbishment program in State’s history, with unprecedented $7billion allocated to hospital projects throughout WA.
Midland Public Hospital and St John of God Midland Private Hospital will employ about 1,000 staff combined.