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Director appointed to Mater at Springfield

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Director appointed to Mater at Springfield
Fritha Mackay has been appointed to the new position of Director of Mater Springfield. 
 
Ms Mackay has spent the past 12 months working on several projects at Mater Health Services in South Brisbane and is excited to be bringing Mater Private Hospital Springfield (MPHS) to Greater Springfield when it opens at the end of this year. 
 
Stage one, an 80-bed, $85 million hospital will provide a range of medical and surgical services, as well as a combination of inpatient, day and chemotherapy beds to be supported by $21.4 million in Australian Government funding for a cancer care centre.
 
The facility will also include four operating theatres, inpatient wards, a day surgery unit and medical imaging services provided by Queensland X-Ray.
 
“My role has two parts. One is getting stage one of MPHS up and running and establishing a great team to deliver the best health service possible for Greater Springfield. The second aspect of my job is developing stage two of the hospital, as well as contributing to the broader vision of Health City,” Ms Mackay said. 
 
Mater has a master plan for the hospital precinct of Health City which incorporates a number of expansion stages designed to meet the growing demands of the region. Approximately 8.7 hectares of Health City have been allocated for acute hospital and primary healthcare developments with pre-planning approval obtained for up to 1200 hospital beds.
 
The aim of Health City is to bring together research and development, education and training, allied health, retirement and aged care, as well as hotel and visitor accommodation to Springfield Central, in a designated precinct.
 
“When the hospital opens later this year, the Greater Springfield community will see straight away a positive impact, in particular for cancer patients. Being able to receive the highest quality care in a new facility will make an incredible difference to the lives of very unwell patients who travel to Brisbane to receive treatment,” Ms Mackay said. 
 
“Both insured and uninsured patients will get to have their surgery locally and be treated by the very best clinical teams. 
 
“Patients can be assured that they will be looked after by experienced Mater nurses and clinicians, many of whom live in the area, as well as other local professionals who can bring fresh ideas and expertise to Mater.” 
 
Ms Mackay has worked as both a management consultant and in operational roles across a number of sectors, with healthcare being a common theme throughout her career.  
 
“I have had some breaks from healthcare but I always come back because ultimately I want to see my work make a difference and help people,” Ms Mackay said. 
 
With a background in business and operations, she will be looking to a well-experienced advisory group of clinicians to exceed its clinical objectives, while also ensuring the successful running of MPHS now and well into the future. 
 
Ms Mackay said the long-term outlook for healthcare in the region was an exciting prospect. 
 
On the list of priorities for Ms Mackay will be working with Mater and Springfield Land Corporation on a strategic planning process for Health City which will integrate health with schools, research, complementary and primary healthcare, as well as retirement facilities to develop the ultimate in patient-centred care.  
 
“This is a unique model of healthcare provision relatively new to Australia but with a Greenfield site and a growing master planned community like Greater Springfield, there is the capacity to strategically plan and shape the way healthcare is delivered to the community,” she said. 
 
“Mater, and I personally, are privileged and excited to be involved in this progressive approach to healthcare and collaborating with Springfield Land Corporation and the Greater Springfield community to bring this concept to fruition.” 
 
Stage two of the hospital is currently in the planning phase and will be dependent on State Government engagement and support. 
 
Mater entered into an agreement with West Moreton-Oxley and Metro South Hospital and Health Services last year to provide treatment and care to 4800 uninsured patients at MPHS each year, in addition to locally insured patients.
 
Construction of Stage one is progressing to schedule and will be open to patients by the end of this year. 
 

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