The first building is demolished to make way for the Bendigo Hospital Project

A building that has stood at the front of Bendigo Health Anne Caudle Centre campus for over 50 years will today be demolished to make way for the New Bendigo Hospital.

Bendigo Health chief executive officer John Mulder and executive director New Bendigo Hospital David Walker will join staff to witness the commencement of the demolition of the Home Assessment and Rehabilitation Team (HART) building.

Mr Mulder said the HART building at the front of the Anne Caudle Centre campus is being demolished as part of the enabling works for the New Bendigo Hospital.

“The HART building was built in 1958 as was originally used as nurses quarters. More recently the building has housed Bendigo Health’s Home Assessment and Rehabilitation Team.

“The building is being demolished today, to allow Bendigo Health to construct a temporary energy centre to power the Anne Caudle Centre campus while the new hospital is built.

“This is the significant step forward and the first piece of major works undertaken on this site in preparation for the New Bendigo Hospital”, Mr Mulder said.

Mr Walker said that today is the culmination of years of planning for a new hospital.

“We’ve been planning for a new hospital in Bendigo since 2006, it’s very exciting to see major works commencing on the Anne Caudle Centre campus today.

“This site will be a hive of activity over the next 15 months as we undertake a range of works to prepare the site for construction of the New Bendigo Hospital.

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Clinical leader joins the Bendigo Hospital project team

To increase involvement of senior medical staff in the New Bendigo Hospital project, Dr Jason Fletcher has joined the project team as a clinical leader.

Executive Director New Bendigo Hospital David Walker said that senior medical staff want to be involved in the project, particularly in relation to aspects that impact on their clinical practice.

“As the New Bendigo Hospital clinical leader, Dr Fletcher will develop a strong understanding of the project, play a key role in communication and consultation and be a key person senior medical staff can go to, to talk about the project.

“He will assist in providing clinical expertise into the project, ensuring the suggestions and feedback from our senior medical staff are communicated to the project team and that information about the project is distributed accurately throughout the organisation”, Mr Walker said.

Dr Fletcher joined Bendigo Health in 2006 and is an intensivist in Bendigo Health’s intensive care unit, supervisor of advanced intensive care unit training and head of intensive care unit research. He is also a medical representative on Bendigo Health’s Medical Advisory Committee, Quality Council and board meetings.

Dr Fletcher said that his interests include improving quality of care through system improvements and identifying the deteriorating patient in the non-intensive care unit setting.

“The New Bendigo Hospital needs to be designed so that it is fully functional for the next 50 to 70 years.

“Bendigo is the tertiary referral centre for the Loddon Mallee region and we need to ensure it meets the needs of the current population, future generations and also the people that will work, train and perform clinical research here.

“In addition to the physical redevelopment, innovative processes and technology needs to be investigated and implemented so that the New Bendigo Hospital is world class not only physically, but more importantly in how it looks after patients,” Dr Fletcher said.

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