Media release from The Honourable Dr Denis Napthine, Premier
The new $630 million Bendigo Hospital has been given the green light for construction after an event today marking the contract signing between the Victorian Government and the Exemplar Health Consortium.
Premier and Minister for Regional Cities Denis Napthine and Minister for Health David Davis joined the Director of the Exemplar consortium Stephen McDonough, and Bendigo Health CEO John Mulder, at the celebratory event.
“The signing of the Bendigo Hospital contract secures the delivery of integrated medical services to the people of Bendigo and the wider region,” Dr Napthine said.
“The Bendigo Hospital project is delivering on the Coalition Government’s pre-election commitment, to build a bigger and better hospital for the Bendigo region.
“This project will result in Victoria’s largest regional hospital, a world-class, state-of-the-art facility, providing high quality healthcare for the greater Bendigo community.
“It will generate more than 770 construction industry and supply chain jobs, with at least 300 jobs maintained for a minimum of three years during the peak construction period for the hospital,” Dr Napthine said.
Mr Davis said the new hospital would have 372 beds and 10 operating theatres, an integrated cancer centre and mental health unit and a helipad connected by bridge link to the main hospital.
“The hospital will provide 75 mental health beds, including a 35-bed adult psychiatric unit, a 20-bed aged psychiatric unit, and a 20-bed secure extended care unit,” Mr Davis said.
“The new hospital will also feature a five-bed mother and baby unit.”
Minister for Planning Matthew Guy has also given the project the go ahead by approving planning amendment C199.
“This is a project of state significance and it is important that the amendment allows it to get underway as soon as possible without being hampered by unnecessary planning red tape,” Mr Guy said.