Werribee Mercy Hospital Expansion Celebrates Highest Point of Construction
Werribee Mercy Hospital’s highly anticipated $93 million expansion has reached the highest point of construction.
Work started in February this year and has involved building an additional four storeys on top of the existing Catherine McAuley Centre. The highest point of the hospital now stands at 31.2 metres and boasts inspiring views of the Wyndham area out to the You Yangs, the city skyline and the bay.
Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas toured the construction site on Friday September 1 with representatives from Mercy Health to mark the milestone.
Mercy Health Group Chief Executive Officer Stephen Cornelissen said more than 15 trades and 160 tradespeople have been involved in the construction process to date.
“The biggest challenge of the project so far has been working on top of an operating hospital and connecting the structures together,” Adjunct Professor Cornelissen said.
“One of our main priorities has been to make sure the local community continues to receive the same compassionate and quality care throughout the critical expansion works.”
When complete, the expansion will deliver an extra 64 inpatient beds, including eight new critical care beds, as well as six additional operating theatres and a new central sterile supply department.
In a further boost for patients, visitors and staff, a new 370-space multi-level car park has been completed ahead of schedule and is now operational.
The next phase of the build will be to complete the hospital’s facade and make sure the building is watertight before work on the internal fit-out begins. Construction is expected to be complete by mid-2018.
Messages to: Kasey McCulloch, Mercy Health