Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Former Minister for Health; Tourism

    Busselton Hospital enters new stage of development

    1/07/2009 12:00 AM
     

    Negotiations are about to commence with two private health organisations to develop a new innovative and comprehensive Busselton Health Campus.

     

    Health Minister Kim Hames said entering into negotiations with the private health providers signalled an important step forward in the progression of the $77.4million Busselton Hospital redevelopment.

     

    “I am pleased to announce that St John of God Health Care Inc and The St Ives Group, both well-regarded health care providers in Western Australia, have been selected from a call for expressions of interest late last year, to work with the State to achieve the best solution for the health campus,” Dr Hames said.

     

    “Subject to successful negotiations, the WA Country Health Service and these two private health providers aim to develop an innovative model of public and private health care that represents the best outcome for the Busselton community and the surrounding areas.

     

    “It is our intention to provide the Busselton community with a comprehensive range of health services, including private acute care services and aged care services.

     

    “This is an exciting new phase in the redevelopment of this hospital, which will provide the people of Busselton and surrounding communities with access to ‘seamless health care’ - a comprehensive range of integrated health services located on a single ‘one stop shop’ campus.”

     

    Vasse MLA Troy Buswell said that, although the development of the new campus had been delayed, work undertaken by the State Government was a clear commitment to the residents of the region.

     

    “The redevelopment of the Busselton Hospital into a comprehensive health campus is an important project and the State Government is keen to see the results of the detailed negotiation to follow,” Mr Buswell said.

     

    Bateman Grundmann Architects have been appointed as the Site Master Planning Architects and will be working closely with the three parties to design the campus.

     

    The Minister said their role would ensure a creative campus design and involve careful management of the local Western Ringtail Possum population as well as ensuring necessary environmental and developmental requirements, including Shire approvals, were met.

     

    “These approvals processes are often complex and can take time, but are absolutely necessary to ensure the quality of the project being delivered,” he said.

     

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