St John of God Midland Public Hospital chalks up milestones in first 18 months


Staff at St John of God Midland Public Hospital form the number 18 to celebrate the hospital’s 18-month anniversary. Picture: David Baylis d469526
Staff at St John of God Midland Public Hospital form the number 18 to celebrate the hospital’s 18-month anniversary. Picture: David Baylis d469526

ST John of God Midland Public Hospital has chalked up the milestones in its first 18 months.

Chief executive Glen Power said 267,230 patients had been treated in the past 18 months, including 86,620 adults and children in the Emergency Department.

“With a very busy Emergency Department, the hospital has implemented a number of strategies to keep waiting times and diversions to a minimum,” he said.

“Great focus has been placed on keeping waiting times for elective surgery to a minimum, which has led to about 15,370 people having surgery at the hospital over the past 18 months.”

Since opening, more than 2150 babies have been born at the hospital and there have been about 155,800 outpatient visits.

Dr Power said it was fantastic to see how quickly the local community had welcomed and embraced the hospital.

“We are delighted with how well we are tracking in this first 18 months of operations and with the positive feedback we have received from the local community,” he said.

The hospital recently had its first audit by the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards.

The audit showed the hospital met all 10 of the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards.

Dr Power said results of the audit highlighted the patient-focus and values-based care provided by hospital caregivers.

“It also confirmed the hospital had implemented good processes to support clinical practices and respond to clinical deterioration,” he said.

Over the past 18 months, the hospital has developed close links to public hospitals and community health providers to support best practice and coordinated care for patients.

In addition, the hospital’s focus on improving health outcomes for Aboriginal people has led to a number of great initiatives, including the appointment of a Director of Aboriginal Health and Aboriginal Cultural Engagement and Patient Liaison Officers, which were strongly endorsed by the Australian Council of Healthcare Standards.