St Vincent’s Private Hospital Toowoomba will begin construction on a $30 million theatre redevelopment this year following the commitment of funds from St Vincent’s Health Australia’s Board and local philanthropist, Clive Berghofer.
At the completion of this project, St Vincent’s Toowoomba will have six additional state-of-the-art theatres available to the community of Toowoomba and the Darling Downs.
In addition to the six new operating theatres, the redevelopment will include a new 16 bed Recovery Area and a new Day Surgery Unit.
The redevelopment means that local communities across the Darling Downs will have access to world-class operating theatres, all equipped with cutting-edge international technology.
Clive Berghofer Theatre Suite UPDATE
Construction of the Clive Berghofer Theatre Suite, which began on 13 March 2017, is progressing well.
To date, more than 850 m3 of concrete have been poured and 60 tonnes of concrete rio placed to reclaim areas in the hospital basement and lower ground levels that were previously a basement carpark and a courtyard.
The project is ahead of schedule with the new kitchen, built in the basement level, all but complete. Handover and a blessing ceremony is scheduled for Monday afternoon 31 July 2017.
The concrete lid to enclose the courtyard where the theatres are being built was added on the 20 March. More than 40 men were involved in the project that poured and levelled 340 m3 of concrete over a 12 hour period.
To date, the project has involved approximately 48,000 man hours with no reportable incidents - an outstanding safety achievement and testament to the quality of the project builders but also to the subcontractors of whom 74% are locals.”
Introducing Pulse Espresso Bar
Change is the word on everyone’s lips as progress on the $30 million Clive Berghofer Operating Theatre Suite surges ahead.
Original project plans to convert the old hospital chapel into a new hospital café have changed and alternative plans implemented to open “Pulse Espresso Bar” a satellite café, operated by a local business “Impressions on Scott”.
Pulse Espresso Bar is located on the ground floor at Entrance 2. The service offers “grab and go” style selections of plain and toasted sandwiches, wraps, breakfast wraps and other healthy breakfast options, pre-made fruit salads, cakes, muffins as well as hot soups, curries and pies.
Coffees, teas, juices, sparkling mineral waters and iced milk drinks are also available as are a variety of sweets, chocolate bars and cheese and cracker snack packs.
The espresso bar is equipped with an internal phone line so that staff, patients and visitors can phone through their orders in advance to compensate for the limited seating available.
“Impressions on Scott” continues to offer a full café service. An all weather/all season outdoor area has been expanded for the convenience of cafe patrons.
Other key areas of service have been relocated into new areas close to Entrance 2 for the duration of the project.
- You can find Dawn Osborne Florist on the ground floor, in the corridor leading from Entrance 2 towards Entrance 3.
- HPS Pharmacy is on Level 1, Entrance 2.
- The ATM from Entrance 1 is out of commission. The closest ATM is at the Range Shopping Centre.
Successful tender announced
In January 2017 St Vincent’s Toowoomba CEO Kathryn McKeefry announced the successful tender for the redevelopment project is Hutchinson Builders.
The announcement is good news for the hospital and wider community, particularly as the project will inject capital and create employment opportunities to support the local economy.
Hutchinson Builders are a large construction firm with a local base and extensive local knowledge and connections. Their experience in major projects and especially hospital projects will ensure the hospital’s new modern facility is delivered on time and within budget.
Construction will occupy the space around and including Entrance one, the area currently known as the main hospital entrance, Front Reception and Admissions.
For the duration of the project, Front Reception and Admissions will be relocated to Entrance 2.
Project timelines and service delivery
The redevelopment major construction is scheduled to start in November this year, with project completion estimated for early 2018. During the project, the hospital’s Cape Chestnut Café and kitchen will be moved.
The hospital will continue to operate as usual during construction, with some movement of service locations on the site. These changes will be communicated to the community during the life of the project.
The hospital will be working hard to ensure there is minimal impact on patients and families.
Recognition of project benefactor
The project received a $5 million donation from Mr Berghofer. In recognition of this extremely generous gift our new development will be named the Clive Berghofer Operating Theatre Suite.
Mr Berghofer has been a long-time supporter of St Vincent’s Toowoomba. He previously donated funds to the hospital’s nationally recognised Intensive Care Unit, which also bears his name.
Mr Berghofer’s generosity will benefit the health and well-being of future generations of South East Queenslanders.
St Vincent’s Toowoomba also recognises the St Vincent’s Health Australia Board’s significant contribution to this project.
St Vincent’s Toowoomba has a reputation for the highest quality clinical care. Its dedicated and passionate staff and doctors are vital to the local community. This project means they will be able to go on delivering the highest clinical standards and safety.