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Mater Private Hospital Springfield, supported by generous donations from the community, celebrated its first birthday on 28 October.
Over 5800 inpatients and 3400 outpatients have been admitted through the five level hospital, comprising of 64 inpatient beds, 16 day beds, a day surgery unit, four digitally-integrated theatres, medical imaging services and a cancer care centre.
Mater Foundation is proud to have contributed more than $350 000 to date, which has purchased much-needed equipment and helped to fund some of the hospital’s facilities.
Mater Foundation Chief Executive Officer Nigel Harris thanked all donors who had supported Mater Private Hospital Springfield to reach this important milestone.
“It’s the generosity of our donors that has made a considerable difference to the lives of patients and staff at Mater Private Hospital Springfield.
“Whether it’s the purchase of cardiac monitoring equipment or contributing to the Healing Garden, which offers a tranquil place for patients to relax, every donation has gone a long way to enhance the hospital.”
In the first month of operation, Mater Private Hospital Springfield admitted 165 surgical patients and seven medical patients between 14 doctors. By August 2016 admissions had increased to 677 surgical admissions and 122 medical admissions between 35 doctors.
Acting Director of Mater Private Hospital Springfield Tracey Hutley said that the first year of operation had been a tremendous success.
“Mater Private Hospital Springfield has cemented Mater’s commitment to building a healthy community at Greater Springfield,” Ms Hutley said.
“The team has completed 4848 theatre cases and the future looks bright, with growing healthcare services planned to meet the expanding needs of the community.”
The state-of-the-art Mater Cancer Care Centre Springfield, built with $21.4 million dollars of Australian Government Funding, has allowed over 540 Ipswich and Springfield residents to access cancer treatment close to home in a patient and family-centred facility.
Mum of three, 34 year-old Carolyn Attwood, has recently undergone surgery and chemotherapy for breast cancer at Mater Private Hospital Springfield.
“Mater Private Hospital Springfield has been my second home and the support my family and I have received has been incredible. They have encouraged me when I thought I couldn’t continue with the treatment.”