The new $77 million Calvary Bruce Private Hospital has been officially opened – providing state-of-the-art facilities for the communities of North Canberra, Belconnen, Gungahlin and surrounding areas.
Connected to Calvary’s public hospital by a new pedestrian bridge, the newly-built 118-bed hospital replaces the smaller private hospital that previously was incorporated within two floors of the public hospital.
The new hospital, which boasts eight integrated theatres, took its first patients on September 12, with new mother Kelly Cameron (pictured above) giving birth to a lovely baby boy on opening day.
The official opening took place in front of a large crowd on Wednesday (September 27) and was conducted by ACT Health Minister Meegan Fitzharris, Calvary Board Chair John Watkins and Calvary Bruce Private CEO Kim Bradshaw.
Ms Fitzharris said the opening of the new hospital was a significant private healthcare development for the community and provided greater choice for patients.
“We are committed to creating a better health system in the ACT, and this new $77 million Calvary Bruce Private Hospital offers the community the latest in medical facilities while retaining close working relationships with the public hospital Calvary also operates,” Ms Fitzharris said.
Mr Watkins said that the opening marked a 30-year milestone for Calvary ACT.
“Calvary believe that the community is best served by a singular health system where the public and private sectors play complementary roles to serve the long-term needs of our communities,” Mr Watkins said.
“Calvary first established Calvary Public Hospital Bruce in 1979, then in 1987, in response to growing pressure on the public hospital, established Calvary Bruce Private Hospital on two floors within the public hospital.
“Now thirty years later with further population growth and projected demand, Calvary has again responded – this time with a brand new state of the art private hospital across the road, thus fulfilling its obligations under the Calvary Network Agreement with the ACT Government.”
The new Calvary Bruce Private Hospital features eight state-of-the-art, digitally integrated theatres – including one with a hybrid cardiac catheter lab – which will accommodate everything from day procedures to complex surgeries.
Other features of the new hospital include:
- 118 beds, with the hospital having the capacity to expand to 182 beds as Canberra’s population grows;
- 74 surgical and medical beds with private rooms and ensuites;
- A 16-bed, post-anaesthetic care unit;
- 8 recovery beds plus an additional 17 chairs in second stage recovery;
- An 8-bed critical care department;
- A 12-bed maternity suite providing new families with specialised care and support after birth. Only planned births can take place in the private hospital but patients can choose to give birth in the public hospital and then move across to the private hospital for the recovery phase.
Calvary Bruce Private Hospital CEO Kim Bradshaw said the hospital is open and ready to take patients.
“We are open, ready and excited to offer high-quality holistic healthcare and attentive patient service delivered by a team of expert medical doctors and highly skilled staff, including a dedicated hospitality team.”
The new private hospital has also been complemented by upgrades to the Calvary Clinic for Specialists, and a recent upgrade to the Hyson Green Mental Health Facility that increased capacity from 20 to 28 beds. Hyson Green is the only dedicated private mental health clinic in the ACT.
For more information on the new Calvary Private Hospital Bruce, please visit www.calvarycare.org.au. Below is a virtual tour of the new hospital.