TORONTO Private Hospital will undergo a $9 million expansion that will add 20 beds.
The investment will add 10 rehabilitation beds and 10 mental health beds, as well as a new kitchen and patient gymnasium.
A new ECT (electroconvulsive therapy) and TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) suite as well as additional car parking and mental health day program area will be included in the works.
The plans, revealed this week by the owners of the hospital, Healthe Care, are part of a $68 million spend on the group’s private hospitals across the Hunter.
Toronto Private Hospital CEO, Andrew Mereau, said the investment was a win for the community.
“The expansion will mean better access to health services for local residents and an increase in jobs for the local community,” Mr Mereau said.
“The population is continuing to expand. We feel this generous expansion demonstrates our commitment to serving the needs of the local community now and into the future.”
Healthe Care CEO Steve Atkins said the upgrade would make medical, rehabilitation and mental health services more accessible for locals.
“Our data shows us that the community is growing. We see where the demand and gaps are in service provision and aim to fill those gaps,” he said.
“Our hospitals will continue to get bigger and more sophisticated.”
In addition to Toronto Private, hospitals at Maitland, Newcastle and Taree would all benefit from significant new and upgraded services including new wards, theatres, mental health and rehabilitation services.
“The Toronto, Maitland, Lingard and Mayo hospitals are key hospitals in our portfolio and we want to enhance the patient experience in those hospitals,” Mr Atkins said.
“The investment we have announced will deliver a significant increase in beds, new theatres and a range of services.”
Healthe Care is the third largest corporate private hospital operator in Australia and one of the country’s largest privately-owned healthcare companies.
Healthe Care operates a portfolio of 17 hospital sites in major cities and key regional areas across Australia.