Healthscope Managing Director says co-location the way of the future
The Gold Coast is set to gain global recognition for its approach to knowledge sharing and collaboration, according to a leading healthcare executive.
Healthscope Managing Director and CEO Robert Cooke, who officially unveiled the new Gold Coast Private Hospital in April alongside Federal Health Minister, The Hon Sussan Ley MP, said the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct was a transformative project.
He said the precinct, which is centred around the Gold Coast Private, Griffith University and Gold Coast University Hospital, would set the standard for cities around Australia.
"The Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct provides a unique opportunity to attract business and investment from across the world, creating jobs now and long into the future," Mr Cooke said.
"With Griffith University and world-class private and public hospitals at its heart, the precinct will attract internationally recognised clinicians, innovators and researchers to drive advances in medicine and technology, gaining the Gold Coast global recognition."
Gold Coast Private welcomed its first patients in March this year, when all staff and services were relocated to the new and expanded facility from its previous home of Allamanda.
Mr Cooke said Healthscope was selected as the co-location partner for the Gold Coast University Hospital following an extensive four year process by Queensland Health, making it a major contributor to the Health and Knowledge Precinct.
He said Healthscope's $230 million investment in the Gold Coast Private was a measure of its confidence in the city.
"Co-location is the way of the future for healthcare, education and research with valuable benefits for our community," he said.
"The Gold Coast is leading the way in this field and we look forward to contributing our knowledge and resources."
Stage two of the Gold Coast Private Hospital has been fast-tracked after strong demand, with plans to start the second phase of development in mid 2016.
Gold Coast Private General Manager David Harper said since opening on March 12 activity at the hospital had been higher than expected.
"We had already anticipated higher patients numbers than first predicted and as a result advanced plans for stage two of the development, however, admissions and operations since opening have well exceeded even those expectations," he said.
"We forecast this level of activity to increase as we open a number of new services over the coming months, as well as bolster our already comprehensive approach to existing services.
"In addition we are looking to expand our teaching and training programs across both our clinical and non-clinical services.
"The future, both near and long term, is strong for Gold Coast Private and in terms of healthcare, there are exciting times ahead for the people of the Gold Coast."
Gold Coast Private opened with 284 beds and 13 theatres and will ultimately expand to 400 beds and 21 theatres in-line with demand.
The hospital provides an extensive list of services including maternity, special care nursery, paediatrics, cardiac catheterisation lab and hybrid theatre, rehabilitation, intensive care and 24 hour emergency care centre, and is supported by providers of imaging, pathology and pharmacy.