Halfway to completion

Brookfiled Multiplex Regional Director Steve McConkey and Murdoch Hospital CEO John Fogarty observe the final pour at the top of the South Wing.

Brookfiled Multiplex Regional Director Steve McConkey and Murdoch Hospital CEO John Fogarty observe the final pour at the top of the South Wing.

The latest construction milestone signifies the first stage St John of God Murdoch Hospital’s redevelopment project is now half way to being completed.

Hospital CEO John Fogarty says the ‘topping-out’ (or completion of the main structure) of the South Wing is hugely significant in what is a massive expansion of the hospital.

“The South Wing is just a part of what still lies ahead, but this signifies that we’re halfway there, ahead of schedule and within budget,” said Mr Fogarty.

“Our hospital is set to grow from having 363 beds to 537 beds, with a new medical centre and cancer centre under construction.”

The South Wing will have 120 beds, with 30 beds on each ward, and the new cancer centre will be located on the ground floor of the building. Once the South Wing is completed, the existing wards will be refurbished to match the new wards.

To date, as part of the $200+ million redevelopment project, the hospital has opened WA’s largest stand-alone endoscopy unit, an additional birth suite, new facilities for theatre caregivers and pastoral services caregivers, and a refurbished Day Procedure Unit foyer and waiting area.

The Intensive Care Unit and the Central Sterile Supply Department expansion is almost complete and the new Wexford Medical Centre is well on the way to being complete by March 2014.

The hospital is getting ready to start recruiting new clinical, administrative and support caregivers to cater for the expansion.

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