The construction of Midland Public Hospital has reached another key milestone, with a ceremony today to mark the ‘topping out’ of the $360m project.
Health Minister Kim Hames said the hospital was on time and on budget, with construction now more than 40 per cent complete.
“The topping out ceremony is significant in that it marks the important milestone of both the northern ward block and the southern clinical block reaching their full height,” Dr Hames said.
“Construction of this project, the first major hospital facility to be built in Midland in more than 50 years, is progressing well towards completion in 2015.
“In its first year of opening, Midland Public Hospital will deliver free health care to about 29,000 inpatients. The delivery of high-quality health care closer to home will mean the number of people requiring general hospital care who can be treated locally will increase from 35 per cent to 75 per cent.”
Mental Health Minister Helen Morton, who represented the Health Minister at the ceremony, said the hospital would provide expanded services, including a 56-bed mental health facility.
“Midland Public Hospital will provide expanded services from those currently provided at Swan District Hospital, including emergency, maternity, paediatric, aged care and mental health services as well as new services such as intensive and coronary care, all free of charge to public patients,” Mrs Morton said.
“The development has offered a unique opportunity for innovative design which includes a 56-bed public mental health facility to be located on the top floor with open internal courtyards.”
The State Government is in partnership with St John of God Healthcare to design, build and operate Midland Public Hospital.
“Midland Public Hospital is a part of a bigger picture for health in Western Australia, with the State Government investing $7b in building, expanding or refurbishing hospitals across regional and metropolitan WA,” Dr Hames said.
For more information visit the Midland Public Hospital website.