Hospital expansion underway

Development: (Left to right) INTREC site manager Alice Alberico, INTREC pre-construction manager Matt O’Brien, Latrobe Health Services Board chair Ormond Pearson, Latrobe Health Services chief executive officer Ian Whitehead and Maryvale Private Hospital chief executive officer Lee Garwood. photograph supplied

Alyssa Fritzlaff

MAJOR redevelopments are underway at Maryvale Private Hospital.

Latrobe Health Services has invested $15.93 million for a major upgrade and expansion of

The project is expected to double the hospital’s surgical throughput and create more than 110 jobs both during the construction process and into the future.

Two new operating theatres and an additional 19 beds are included in the upgrade.

A post-acute care recovery unit, new admission and waiting areas, consulting suites expansions, a surgical sterilisation upgrade, and new staff, patient and visitor amenities are also part of the upgrade.

Latrobe Health Services chief executive officer Ian Whitehead said the new upgrade will allow people to access medical care closer to home.

“The redevelopment of Maryvale Private Hospital provides modern surgical facilities and amenities that mean private hospital patients are more likely to receive the care they need close to home, reducing the burden of travel,” he said.

“It also makes working from Gippsland a more attractive option for specialist surgeons and
physicians, improving access to health services within the region.”

Maryvale Hospital Board chair Therese Tierney said hospital staff, nurses and doctors were looking forward to the new facilities.

“For patients, the redevelopment represents an increase in specialist services available and
contemporary and first-rate care in Gippsland,” she said.

“The creation of the purpose-built modern-day surgery facilities will mean that patients will
experience smooth and streamlined admission and reduced waiting times in the hospital.”

Maryvale Private Hospital chief executive officer Lee Garwood said Maryvale’s reputation will be enhanced because of the redevelopment.

“We are very excited that Latrobe Health Services has the commitment and the confidence to invest in our hospital so that we can continue to provide valuable services to our community,” he said.

“We understand that accessing elective surgeries now is challenging. Maryvale Private Hospital is committed to helping Gippslanders access the services they need as soon as possible – and expanding our services to for the growing needs of our community.”

Developments are being completed by INTREC Management. INTREC is a privately-owned Australian company, and have been involved in works at West Gippsland Health Services and Frankston Public Hospital.