THE rapidly expanding Springfield district’s most important infrastructure project, Mater Private Hospital Stage Two, has been in overdrive since the project was announced in May.
The development is at the centre of a landmark partnership between Mater and the State Government to expand healthcare services for people living in one of the fastest growing communities in the state.
Once completed it will not only increase patient capacity at Mater Springfield it will also include a new Emergency Department, an Intensive Care Unit and maternity services.
Mater Chief Executive Officer Dr Peter Steer said the collaboration with Queensland Health would enable the delivery of Stage 2 of the Mater Private Hospital Springfield Master Plan, to be constructed on part of Mater’s 8.7h site at Springfield Central.
“Mater Private Hospital Springfield opened in 2015 to deliver local healthcare services to the fast growing community living along the Western Corridor, including a cancer care centre, a day surgery unit and four fully integrated operating theatres,” he said.
“The 95-bed hospital was built with capacity for expansion to ensure Mater is able to continue to meet the growing needs of the surrounding community.
“Stage 2 of the Master Plan would increase the total number of beds at Mater’s Springfield hospital to 234 with 174 public patient beds and the remainder for private patients.
“The expanded Mater hospital will run under an integrated operating model, delivering healthcare services to both public and private patients within the single facility.
“The project will also provide capacity for a further 104 beds in the future, enabling us to meet the needs of this growing community.
“This is a major milestone for Mater and a significant investment in healthcare services for the Western Corridor.
“It will meet the healthcare needs of this generation as well as the next.”
Dr Steer said the expansion of Mater health services in Springfield would help reduce demand on Queensland Health hospitals in Brisbane, Logan and Ipswich as well as Mater hospitals in South
“Mater has a long history of successfully partnering with the State Government to provide public hospital services for Queenslanders and I’m delighted that this new partnership enables us to continue delivering high quality, compassionate care to those in need,” he said.
Stage two of the Mater Private Hospital Springfield Master Plan is expected to create more than 1100 permanent jobs, as well as more than 700 job opportunities during construction, providing a major boost to the region’s post-COVID economy.”