Comfort, privacy and
the latest technology:
Hollywood prepares to
open new gastro unit
Hollywood Private Hospital will open a new
gastroenterology unit with four large state-of-the-art
procedure rooms in March 2020.
The new unit is currently under construction and will form
part of the Hollywood Consulting Centre.
A new comprehensive cancer centre, which includes two
radiation oncology bunkers and a specialist oncology
imaging service, is also nearing completion along with
37 new specialist suites and 280 car bays being built as
part of the expansion project.
Hollywood Chief Executive Officer, Peter Mott, said the
upgraded gastroenterology unit would enhance the overall
“The unit will include a unique discharge experience
modelled on an airport lounge,” Mr Mott said.
“The discharge lounge features private pods where patients
can complete their recovery post-procedure.”
Mr Mott said the procedure rooms would be fitted with the
latest technology to ensure the best treatment outcomes
Other major investments in technology at Hollywood in
recent years include the commissioning of the da Vinci Xi
surgical robot, an intra-operative CT scanner and four new
4K high definition integrated operating theatres, which
opened in December 2018.
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Paul Ramsay Foundation expands
philanthropic scope and activities in 2019
Programs for disadvantaged schools, disabled young people, Indigenous eye health and suicide
prevention were among a range of initiatives supported by the Paul Ramsay Foundation in 2019.
Since 2016, the Foundation has invested more than
$220 million in health, education and early childhood
initiatives, drawing from the generous bequest of its
founder, Paul Ramsay.
The Foundation has also drawn on Paul Ramsay’s life
stories and values as well as the operating culture of the
company he founded to articulate its own values which
include: valuing people, integrity, humility, learning, loyalty,
courage and innovation. The Foundation remains the largest
philanthropic foundation in Australia and, in 2019, continued
to expand its philanthropic scope and activities.
The past year has seen considerable growth and change
in the organisation. In February, distinguished academic,
Professor Glyn Davis AC, was appointed CEO.
Under the leadership of Professor Davis, the Foundation has
reviewed and refined its ambition to “breaking the cycle of
disadvantage” by partnering with people, organisations and
communities. The aim is to achieve lasting, systemic change
in Australia. The outcome of the review will be announced in
The Foundation remains committed to building rich and
deep relations through collaboration and partnerships with
the for-purpose sector. It continues to expand its network of
partnerships and held its third annual partner workshop in
November. These partnerships provide key learnings
and insights about the nature and complexity of
The Foundation is also working with its partners and
others in the for-purpose sector to improve outcomes for
disadvantaged communities by building skills, expertise and
capability in the sector.
The Foundation has substantially expanded its own highly
skilled team from five to almost 20 people, in keeping with
similarly sized foundations operating in other countries.
Recent hires have built on the founding team’s expertise by
bringing experience from government, business, academia,
the law, think tanks and beyond. The Foundation has
also built out its back office and operational capability to
better support growth into the future. As a consequence,
it has outgrown its offices in St Leonards so will relocate
to a temporary home in Darlinghurst before moving to
permanent, nearby premises in 2021.
Due to the high volume of requests it receives, the
Foundation has made a decision to reach out directly to
groups and organisations it believes could be potential
partners rather than accept unsolicited proposals.
For more information, go to paulramsayfoundation.org.au.
Here is a selection of the partnerships the
Foundation is proud to support:
• A partnership with Ticket to Work has found jobs
on the open market for more than 200 young
people with disabilities through better co-operation
between their families, schools, local service
providers and businesses
• In education, grants are delivering improvements
to the quality of teaching in schools across NSW,
Victoria and the ACT through a partnership with
Quality Teaching Rounds
• A partnership with Teach for Australia has placed
150 new, high-performing young teachers in
disadvantaged schools in Tasmania, the Northern
Territory, Victoria and Western Australia, with another
165 teachers recruited for placement in 2020
• In partnering The Black Dog Institute, the
Foundation is supporting a new suicide prevention
program, Lifespan, which is the largest philanthropic
contribution to suicide prevention in Australia
• The Foundation recently launched a new
partnership with Indigenous Eye Health at the
University of Melbourne to improve regional
efforts to close the gap in Indigenous vision by
reducing avoidable blindness caused by diseases
• A new partnership with the Foundation for Young
Australians, PwC’s The Impact Assembly, and
Melbourne University will develop new pathways
from school to further education, training and
employment for disadvantaged young people.
Validated by communities and backed by world-leading
research, the new learning pathways
will help create opportunities for young people
disadvantaged by the current ATAR-dominated
system. The collaborative initiative is due to launch
early next year.
New recovery unit
opens to patients
at John Flynn
Patients who undergo surgery now have access
to a new recovery unit at John Flynn Private Hospital.
Workers spent eight weeks constructing the brand
new space which has 22 bays (nine more than the
The project is part of John Flynn Private Hospital’s theatre
expansion project, which includes two new operating
theatres. This will help to reduce surgery waiting times and
increase convenience for patients and doctors.
The two new theatres will open in early 2020 and are part
of the hospital’s multi-million-dollar “P.O.W.E.R. project”.