- St John of God Midland Public Hospital celebrates first birthday
- Almost 60,000 emergency department patients and over 80,000 outpatients in first year
- Liberal National Government increases activity funding by 12 per cent
On the first anniversary of St John of God Midland Public Hospital (SJGMPH), Health Minister John Day said the hospital had assumed a key role in Western Australia's world-class health care network.
"I am enormously proud of what has been achieved here at St John of God Midland Public Hospital, in what has been a busy first year," Mr Day said.
"Almost 60,000 people have been treated in the emergency department; there have been more than 81,000 outpatient appointments; and 1,650 babies have been born in the maternity unit.
"The patient response to this new hospital has been very positive, and the Liberal National Government has increased activity funding by 12 per cent this financial year."
The Minister said the hospital had also forged close links with growing local communities.
"Its community services centre is a hub for health care agencies, community service providers and patient support groups, which provide important contact and outreach services for patients," Mr Day said.
The Minister commended the new hospital for a range of initiatives aimed at improving health outcomes for Aboriginal people.
"The appointment of Dr Christine Clinch as Director of Aboriginal Health is a significant milestone," he said.
"Aboriginal cultural engagement and patient liaison officers have also been appointed to engage and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, who now make up three per cent of the hospital workforce."
The Minister said the SJGMPH was meeting the needs of tens of thousands of patients through the care and compassion of dedicated, professional staff.
"This hospital is an outstanding example of what can be achieved through a Public Private Partnership (PPP)," he said.
"Not only is it providing for patients, it is also delivering efficiency for taxpayers.
"The recent purchase of additional land near the hospital by St John of God Health Care also effectively futureproofs the campus, allowing for the eventual development of a private hospital and guaranteeing this dynamic region will continue to enjoy leading edge health services."
- SJGMPH is a 307-bed adult and paediatric secondary hospital providing intensive care, allied health, maternity and mental health services, and an emergency department with a dedicated paediatric area
- The hospital is managed under a PPP with St John of God Health Care
- The PPP is forecast to save WA taxpayers up to $1.3 billion over the 20-year contract
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