$85m private hospital for Springfield
MATER Health Services has unveiled plans to build a private hospital that will eliminate the need for residents to travel into the city to receive vital health care.
The new $85 million Mater Private Hospital Springfield, which will be built at Health City, will house more than 80 beds and provide a wide range of medical and surgical services.
Federal Member for Blair Shayne Neumann said the Federal Government was providing
$21.4 million towards the cancer care centre, which would be a key feature of the new hospital.
The seven-storey, 10,000sq m facility will include theatre space, inpatient wards, a day surgery unit and a cancer care centre.
It will also feature 15 medical oncology treatment bays, which will be developed in partnership between Mater and Radiation Oncology Queensland.
Mater Health Services chief executive officer John O'Donnell said the new hospital would meet the health demands of the fast-growing Springfield corridor.
"The hospital will be a truly innovative, unique and contemporary model including the latest use of digital technologies for providing health care needs to the growing region," Dr O'Donnell said.
"The framework of services provided by Mater, its partners and other third parties will be responsive to the community's health and will provide accountable, holistic care that promotes wellness, prevention of illness in addition to exceptional acute and sub-acute care and treatment."
Construction is set to begin on the project in August.
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale has welcomed the development while thanking Mater Health for its commitment to providing valuable health services to the city.
"When completed, current and future residents in the area will have a range of high-quality health services on their doorstep," he said.
Cancer survivor Antoinette Keomoungkhoun, from Brookwater, was thrilled with the news, stating she would no longer need to travel long distances to receive treatment.
"I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 and received treatment at both Oxley and at the Mater," she said.
"So I always had to travel for my treatment.
"I also had to rely on family members to take me to my treatments or to appointments, which was such a huge impact and inconvenience on not only me but those who were helping me.
"But with this new hospital being extremely close to home it will definitely make going to appointments much easier.
"And for other residents to know they will have these vital services just five minutes down the road is such fantastic news."
Springfield Cr David Morrison said: "I congratulate Mater Health for committing to commence Health City with an oncology hospital.
"This is the mustard seed that will germinate and grow into Australia's premier health precinct."
With construction beginning this August, the project is expected to be completed by the end of 2015, with a number of additional add-ons planned.