From vision to reality

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The hospital is something the community needed. The whole experience has been fantastic from admission through to surgery and all of the nurses and staff.”
Brett Deaves, first patient at Mater Private Hospital Springfield

On Wednesday 28 October 2015, Mater Private Hospital Springfield welcomed its first patients—599 days after construction on Mater’s newest hospital commenced.

Six weeks later, the hospital was officially opened by The Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland and blessed by The Most Reverend Mark Coleridge, Archbishop of Brisbane at a special ceremony attended by more than 200 people.

Since its announcement in May 2013, more than 1400 people worked on the construction of the hospital, which comprises 64 inpatient beds and 16 day beds, a day surgery unit, four digitally-integrated theatres, family friendly accommodation, an outdoor garden, medical imaging services and a cancer care centre.

The state-of-the-art cancer care centre was built with $21.4 million dollars of Australian Government Funding, in partnership with Radiation Oncology Centres.

The design of the hospital’s perioperative suite was supported by the expertise of Mater People to ensure the best possible patient flow and experience, with speciallydesigned graphics installed on theatre walls to support surgeons in refocusing their eyes.

A quiet space for reflection is provided within the Chapel, which features exquisite lead light windows, including an oval painting of Jesus which dates back to the 1800s.

Prior to its opening, a world-first 24-hour simulation was undertaken, which involved operating the hospital in a mock environment to test all processes within a number of intense scenarios. Four days after the successful simulation, the hospital admitted its first patient, Forest Lake resident Brett Deaves for surgery which would have previously required travel to Brisbane.

Mater is committed to ensuring our services continue to meet the needs of this growing region, and planned future expansions will ensure the continued provision of exceptional care for the Greater Springfield community.

The Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland joins Dr Shane Kelly and Mr Brian Flannery to open Mater Private Hospital Springfield.