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Adelaide’s newest hospital reaches important milestone

Featured — 14 August 2018

The largest private hospital ever built in South Australia – the new $345 million Calvary Adelaide Hospital in Angas Street Adelaide central business district – has reached an important milestone with the official ‘topping out’ of construction at 12-storeys high.

The topping out celebration – which involves craning a ceremonial tree to the top of the site to signify the construction milestone – was watched by more than 70 invited guests including SA Premier Steven Marshall, Little Company of Mary Health Care Chair The Hon. John Watkins AM and Commercial & General Executive Chairman Jamie McClurg.

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Anticipated to open mid-2019, the new Calvary Adelaide Hospital will replace the Calvary Wakefield Hospital in Wakefield Street, and the Calvary Rehabilitation Hospital at Walkerville and complement the existing services offered by Calvary North Adelaide Hospital and Calvary Central Districts Hospital at Elizabeth Vale.

The new state-of-the-art Calvary Hospital has capacity for 344 beds with 16 operating theatres and the State’s only privately-owned 24-hour emergency department. Patients will have single-occupancy rooms with ensuite bathrooms while a rehabilitation wing will offer a hydrotherapy pool and mobility garden. It will also be home to a custom-designed Hybrid Theatre, combining an operating theatre and radiology suite to diagnose and treat patients faster.

The new hospital will offer the community the most comprehensive range of services ever delivered by a private hospital in Adelaide including orthopaedic, cardiac, neurosurgical and rehabilitation specialities.

Around 700 hospital staff will relocate to the new facility, which will allow for growth of around 50% staff on completion and capacity for significant growth in staff in the following years.

Calvary Health Care will hold a 30-year lease on the new building, which is owned by Commercial & General as part of the Healthcare Wholesale Property Fund – a joint venture with ASX-listed DEXUS.

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Quotes attributable to Little Company of Mary Health Chair John Watkins AM:

“Calvary Adelaide Hospital represents the biggest investment Calvary Health Care has made in Australia. It is a statement of confidence in the South Australian economy and Calvary’s ongoing commitment to the long term health care needs of the people of Adelaide.”

“Calvary has been caring for South Australians for more than 100 years, and this new hospital enables us to increase capacity and meet rising demand for quality health care.”

 

Quotes attributable to Commercial & General Executive Chairman Jamie McClurg:

“We’re thrilled to be working alongside Calvary to deliver the State’s largest ever private hospital and what will be an exceptional new medical facility in the heart of Adelaide.

“This is a great example of the private sector collaborating to create something special for South Australia, not only for the future of healthcare in our State but also as an enabler for jobs and careers.

“This project underlines our commitment to supporting Australia’s burgeoning healthcare sector. In addition to the Calvary Adelaide Hospital, we have an exciting pipeline of healthcare developments including SAHMRI 2 which will see the development of Australia’s first proton therapy unit.”

 

Key project facts:

  • Largest private hospital ever built in South Australia
  • Largest private development in South Australia in 20 years
  • Represents a $345 million investment
  • Owner: Commercial & General as part of the Healthcare Wholesale Property Fund (a joint venture with ASX-listed DEXUS)
  • Builder: John Holland Construction
  • 57,000 sqm of floor spacewith 3 basement levels and 12 occupied levels
  • Over 852,000 working hours to date on building site
  • Calvary will hold a 30-year lease on the new building

 

Key hospital facts:

  • Calvary Adelaide Hospital replaces and expands services delivered at the existing Calvary Wakefield Hospital and the Calvary Rehabilitation Hospital in Walkerville, adding 100 beds to existing capacity
  • 344 bed capacity
  • 2 floors of interventional and procedural suites
  • It will be home to a custom-designed Hybrid Theatre, combining an operating theatre and radiology suite to diagnose and treat patients faster
  • South Australia’s only privately-owned 24-hour emergency department (1,160 sqm)
  • Patients will have single-occupancy rooms with ensuite bathrooms
  • 1,500 sqm rehabilitation and allied health wing will offer a hydrotherapy pool and mobility garden
  • 1,500 sqm consulting suites
  • 650 sqm main kitchen
  • Precinct parking for 500 vehicles
  • Around 700 hospital staff will relocate to the new facility, which will allow for growth of around 50% staff on completion and capacity for significant growth in staff in the following years
  • A dedicated website has been created for the new hospital to provide ongoing updates at calvaryadelaide.org.au.

 

Media inquiries:

Commercial & General

Skye Bayne, Director, Marketing & Communications on 0412 254 445 or [email protected]