Minister for Health, The Hon Jill Hennessy holds baby Layla Bentley with mum Brie Bentley and local Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman
The Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital at Sunshine Hospital is one step closer with the announcement of the managing contractor by Minister for Health, The Hon Jill Hennessy.
Visiting Sunshine Hospital on Friday 18 March, Minister Hennessy, joined local Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman MP, announced Lend Lease Building Contractors Pty Ltd will build the new hospital.
The new hospital is designed to meet the needs of our growing community and ensure more women in Melbourne’s west will be able to give birth and access children’s services closer to home. The numbers of births at Sunshine Hospital are expected to exceed 7,000 per year by 2026.
Minister Hennessy said “the Andrews Labor Government is proud to be building the new Joan Kirner Hospital so families in Melbourne’s west can get the care and treatment they need and deserve, closer to home.”
“The new Hospital will mean more mums in the West will have peace of mind knowing that children’s services are right on their doorstep,” added the Minister.
Western Health Chief Executive A/Prof Alex Cockram added that not only will the new building create a better environment for women and children but also for staff.
“Attracting the very best staff to work in the Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital is a top priority for Western Health and a top priority in the building’s design” said A/Prof Cockram.
“We will be able to provide a setting which will enable us to recruit the best midwives, doctors, special care nurses and other staff needed to transform a great building into a great healthcare service for women and children”.
Lend Lease Building Contractors will work together with the Department of Health and Human Services, appointed design consultants Lyons and the Western Health Project Team.
Early construction works will begin later this year.
Read the Minister's media release here.