161,000 treated at St John of God Midland hospitals in year since opening

Bhumika Patel with her one-year-old daughter Avi, the first baby born at the hospital, with Dr Glen Power and Health Minister John Day. Picture: David Baylis d462623
Bhumika Patel with her one-year-old daughter Avi, the first baby born at the hospital, with Dr Glen Power and Health Minister John Day. Picture: David Baylis d462623

MORE than 161,000 people have been treated at St John of God Midland Public and Private hospitals since the facility opened a year ago yesterday.

Chief executive Glen Power said he was extremely proud of the hospital’s many achievements over the past 12 months.

“We have dramatically raised the ‘health self-sufficiency’ of the region, by offering new services such as oncology, coronary care and intensive care,” Dr Power said.

“We are undertaking more complex clinical activity, reducing the need to transfer patients to tertiary hospitals.”

Dr Power said the hospital anticipated patient numbers to increase over the next year because of a substantial funding increase from the State Government.

“As a result, we will be treating even more patients for elective and non-elective procedures, maternity, mental health, as well as outpatient and rehabilitation services,” Dr Power said.

Health Minister John day said he was “enormously proud” of what the public hospital had achieved.

“Since its doors opened, almost 60,000 people have been treated in the Emergency Department, there have been more than 81,000 outpatient appointments, and 1650 new West Australians have been brought into the world here in the maternity unit,” he said.

The co-located private hospital has introduced more than 100 specialists providing treatment across a range of medical specialties and rapid access for surgery and other procedures.

“I extend my profound thanks to everyone who has made our wonderful new hospital a reality,” Dr Power said.

“It has been an outstanding first year and I look forward to continuing to deliver high quality care and ensuring the best possible health outcomes for our community.”