Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has officially opened a $34 million dollar expansion at Peninsula Private Hospital, which will help to meet the growing needs of the Mornington Peninsula and Frankston communities.
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The development includes two new modern wards containing 72 private beds, as well as six extra day oncology chairs, and two more operating theatres.
The investment means Peninsula Private Hospital now offers 348 beds, 18 day oncology chairs, and eight operating theatres, in addition to its emergency department, intensive care unit, hybrid theatre and cardiac catheter laboratories.
Attendees at the official opening included Federal Member for Dunkley Ms Peta Murphy, Mayor of Frankston Sandra Mayer, Ramsay Health Care Chairman Michael Siddle, Ramsay Health Care Managing Director and CEO Craig McNally, Ramsay Australia CEO Danny Sims, Peninsula Private Hospital’s Medical Advisory Committee Chair Prof John Botha, as well as medical specialists and hospital staff.
Peninsula Private Hospital CEO, Michelle Henderson, said: “We are in the unique position to be able to offer residents on the Peninsula access to the highest possible standard of care using state of the art technologies.”
The 14-month project has created 100 new jobs within the local community, making the hospital one of the largest employers on the Mornington Peninsula with more than 1,000 employees.
Patients also now have access to a new Australian-first stent procedure at Peninsula Private Hospital, which can improve the quality of life for cardiac patients.
So far, only three patients have received the BIOSS LIM C bifurcation stent, which opens the artery blockage without affecting the blood flow to the other side branch arteries.
The bifurcation stent has a ‘gate opening’, which means when one blockage is opened, blood still flows through the other vessel.
This technique can now be used to treat difficult coronary artery blockages, where a traditional stent might not be appropriate.
Peninsula Heart Centre cardiologist, Dr Greg Szto, is the only specialist in Australasia with approval to use this bifurcation stent and carry out the procedure.
70-year-old David Barclay had the stent inserted in December 2019 after a complex heart artery blockage was found. The new bifurcation stent was required to treat this blockage as it involved two areas of the heart.