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Mater Private Hospital Springfield turns one

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Mater Private Hospital Springfield turns one

Mater Private Hospital Springfield will proudly celebrate one year since the hospital admitted its first patient at an event on 28 October 2016.

Over 5800 inpatients and 3400 outpatients have been admitted through the five level hospital, comprising of 64 inpatient beds, 16 day beds, a day surgery unit, four digitally-integrated theatres, medical imaging services and a cancer care centre.

In the first month of operation, Mater Private Hospital Springfield admitted 165 surgical patients and seven medical patients between 14 doctors.  By August 2016 admissions had increased to 677 surgical admissions and 122 medical admissions between 35 doctors.

Acting Director of Mater Private Hospital Springfield Tracey Hutley said that the first year of operation had been a tremendous success.

“Mater Private Hospital Springfield has cemented Mater’s commitment to building a healthy community at Greater Springfield,” Ms Hutley said.

“The team has completed 4848 theatre cases and the future looks bright, with growing healthcare services planned to meet the expanding needs of the community.”

The state-of-the-art Mater Cancer Care Centre Springfield, built with $21.4 million dollars of Australian Government Funding, has allowed over 540 Ipswich and Springfield residents to access cancer treatment close to home in a patient and family-centred facility.

Radiation Oncology Centres has provided more than 4000 radiation treatment sessions since November 2015.  This has saved, on average, 360 trips per month into the metro area for people living in the Ipswich region who require radiation therapy treatment. 

Mum of three, 34 year-old Carolyn Attwood, has recently undergone surgery and chemotherapy for breast cancer at Mater Private Hospital Springfield.

“Mater Private Hospital Springfield has been my second home and the support the family and I have received has been incredible. They have encouraged me when I thought I couldn’t continue with the treatment.”

Carolyn said it was comforting to know that her loved ones could visit day or night. 

“I wanted to know what the children had done that day and give them a cuddle but I could only do this by staying in Springfield and not travelling an hour to and from Brisbane for the surgery and treatment.  We are so thankful to have this hospital in our area,” Carolyn said.

Icon Group CEO Mark Middleton said the centre has provided a much needed service for the local community.

“Since opening, the centre has treated many local Ipswich patients who would have otherwise had to travel all the way into Brisbane for treatment. ROC Springfield confirms our commitment to providing world-class cancer care to more and more Australians closer to home,” Mr Middleton said.

Mater is the first private hospital in Australia to offer hotel-like room service to patients. Meals are freshly prepared, ordered at the patient’s convenience and delivered directly to the patient’s room. Family-centred care is extended with fold-out beds in every room in addition to no set visiting hours. Integrated Room Control allows patients to co-manage their environment with the touch of a button, adjusting their room temperature, blinds and lighting.

Mater Private Hospital Springfield is a foundation member of the Greater Springfield, 52ha Health City Precinct.  The development’s master-planner and city visionary Maha Sinnathamby says the number of patients and procedures performed clearly confirms the hospital’s important role as an emerging major health care provider for the area.

“I congratulate Mater Private Hospital Springfield and Mater’s Chairman Brian Flannery, his board, executive and all the staff on their vital work to support this rapidly growing community,” Mr Sinnathamby said.

Key facts:

28 October 2015 to 27 September 2016:

  • Cancer patients treated― Haematology: 47;  Oncology: 518
  • Medical patients treated to end September: 612
  • Theatre cases completed to end September: 4848
  • Employee numbers increased from 101 to 193
  • 68.9 per cent of employees are local to Springfield
  • Year to date recycling: 35 per cent 
  • Food services has achieved two 5 star ratings from its food audits
  • ROC Springfield has provided more than 4000 radiation treatment sessions to over 230 patients since November 2015.
  • This has saved, on average, 360 trips per month into the Metro area for people living in the Ipswich region who require radiation therapy treatment.
  • ROC Springfield currently provides treatment for approximately 30 patients daily. 


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