Top day for Northern Beaches Hospital
The new Northern Beaches Hospital at Frenchs Forest reached a major milestone today with a rooftop ceremony marking a new generation of healthcare for the region.
Healthscope Managing Director and CEO Robert Cooke was joined by NSW Premier and Member for Manly Mike Baird, Health Minister Jillian Skinner, Member for Wakehurst Brad Hazzard and Member for Davidson Jonathan Oâ€™Dea on the 40-metre summit for a topping out ceremony - a Scandinavian tradition where a tree is raised to the top of a structure once construction reaches its highest point.
"This is certainly a momentous occasion for Northern Beaches Hospital and testiment to the great work of the entire project team who will soon deliver the world class, state-of-the-art hospital for the residents of the Northern Beaches," said Robert.
NSW Premier Mike Baird said, â€œI have watched over the past 18 months as this building has risen from the site at an incredible pace. We said we would build it and we are."
Mrs Skinner said: â€œI am very excited about this hospital, which shows what can be achieved when the Government partners with an experienced health care provider.
â€œThe community will soon have a choice - a choice for free public health care or private health care in a state-of-the-art hospital on the Northern Beaches.â€
Healthscope in partnership with the NSW Government has designed, built and will operate and maintain the new hospital. Under a 20-year contract with NSW Health, Healthscope will provide free public patient services funded by the NSW Government, as well as private patient services.
The nine-storey hospital is located on a 6.5 hectare site at the intersection of Warringah Road and Wakehurst Parkway. It will include 488 beds, 1,400 car spaces, a helipad, a 50-space emergency department, 14 operating theatres, advanced intensive care and critical care units and an inpatient mental health facility and will employ 1,300 staff.