Springfield City Group Chairman, Maha Sinnathamby today welcomed the State Government’s announcement of a new public Hospital to service the fast growing population between Brisbane and Ipswich.
Speaking at a media conference at the Mater Private Hospital Springfield, Mr Sinnathamby said: “We know the Premier, Treasurer, Minister for Health and the Assistant Treasurer (the Member for Jordan Charis Mullen) have been on the ground, seeing first-hand the rapid growth of this corridor and we appreciate their support that will now guarantee the delivery of further health services for the region.
“This expansion will not only service the 585,000 people who live within a 22-minute drive, but also the parents of the 1000 plus babies born every year in the 4300 postcode.
“We also thank the West Moreton Hospital and Health Service for the work they have done across this rapidly growing corridor, which has enabled health providers to step up and service the population.
“The new public hospital will help address the increasing demand for public hospital services in South East Queensland. We also extend our thanks to Metro South Hospital and Health Service for their cooperation in servicing the current demand from this region.”
Mr Sinnathamby recognised that Greater Springfield had been a large contributor to the population growth with 48,000 residents now calling it their home. He expects the Greater Springfield population will be 60,000 by the time the new hospital opens.
“The region has experienced a population explosion with new frontiers such as Ripley, and Greenbank and Flagstone adding significantly to the population of the region,” he said.
“Being the master planner for this corridor, we always knew that health had to be an integral part of the services offered.
“Nearly 15 years ago, we engaged Harvard Medical International to work with us to plan “Health City” – a 50-hectare precinct that will provide for the health and wellness of this rapidly growing region.
“This isn’t just about hospital care, but seniors living, respite, purpose built residential accommodation for people with special needs, a medi hotel, research, a medical innovation precinct, specialist care providers and health education. This precinct will also provide 19,000 full time jobs on completion.”
Mr Sinnathamby welcomed the important role played by Mater, a not-for-profit health care provider, in the Greater Springfield community since 2015.
Hospital Fast Facts:
The Mater Public Hospital Springfield will deliver:
➡ 174 public overnight and same-day beds
➡ Intensive Care Unit and Maternity Services
➡ A much-needed Emergency Department in the region
➡ Increased interventional spaces, such as operating theatres and endoscopy suite
➡ Increased clinical capability of the service, meaning more complex care can be treated locally
➡ Increased private bed capacity and services in the region
Work on the new Hospital will begin immediately and is expected to officially open in 2024.
For Queensland Government Statement click here https://statements.qld.gov.au/statements/92227