Ramsay Health Care is continuing to invest in the health care needs of Far North Queenslanders by purchasing land near Cairns Private Hospital to allow for future expansion.
The Cairns Private Hospital executive team worked closely with representatives from the Cairns Baptist Church to ensure the land purchase arrangement worked for all parties.
Cairns Private Hospital Chief Executive Officer Ben Tooth said it was Ramsay’s first land purchase in the region since The Cairns Clinic was purchased a decade ago.
“This is a really exciting development for the Cairns community because the land is directly adjacent to Cairns Private Hospital, allowing us to expand our critical services in the future,” Mr Tooth said.
"We will undertake a master planning process to determine the key infrastructure required and I expect that’s likely to include additional theatres and bed capacity.
“It shows Ramsay Health Care is committed to Far North Queensland and I look forward to working with the community as we plan for the future health care needs of our region,” he said.
Under the purchase agreement, the Baptist Church will lease the land back from Cairns Private Hospital for up to two years, giving the Church the opportunity to relocate to new facilities while still being able to continue its presence in the Cairns community.
Ramsay Health Care has operated Cairns Private Hospital since 2002 and has expanded the facility to include 150 inpatient beds, Cardiac Catheter Lab, After Hours GP Clinic and Cairns Day Surgery.
It also provides comprehensive mental health services to the community at Ramsay Clinic Cairns (previously ‘The Cairns Clinic’), located in Sheridan Street.
Ramsay Health Care is Australia’s largest private hospital operator and is committed to further developing its high quality patient facilities and services to meet the needs of patients in Far North Queensland.