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Milestone Developments for Sydney Adventist Hospital
New High Tech Intensive Care Unit Opens with a Blessing (media release - August 2015)
A Blessing of the San’s new Intensive Care Unit Level 7 (Grant) Clark Tower has been held in advance of the unit opening on Monday August 17th.
Addressing ICU staff, project managers, supporters and others, SAH GM Brett Goods acknowledged the enormous hospital wide effort.
“The completion of a project like this has touched all parts of our organisation. It is thanks to our staff, our project partners, and all the many people involved.”
“May all who walk or who are wheeled into this hi-tech arena experience the best of Christian compassion and care“ said the San’s Spiritual Care Services Team Manager Alex Currie in delivering the Blessing and before anointing the hands of Chris Waite, Sue Haworth, Mark Kinny, and Nerelle Roy representing all team members.
“This will be about the people that fill the stories yet to happen, the lives yet to be saved, the families yet to be comforted” said Chaplain Nalissa Maberly.
“As we enter this new place, with all the technology, shiny things and fresh paint – may it be that within the walls, within the people that a sense of calling and quiet may reside. May those who work here have a sense of togetherness, contribution and fulfilment. May those who lie here have a sense of safety, care and dignity. May those who visit here have a sense of welcome, connectedness and value.”
The new unit provides 30 state of the art high technology private rooms.
The unit is divided into two specialist Wings, the West Wing (General and Cardiac) with 16 beds, and the North Wing (Neuroscience) with 14 beds. Initially only the West Wing will be occupied.
With extensive natural light and some larger rooms, the unit and specialist Wings provide more tailored specialised care and purpose built environment for patients, carers and staff. The unit includes state-of- the-art equipment including Draegar technology designed to make care provision easier and safer.
Attendees at the Blessing included the family of Dr John Grant AO OBE Neurosurgeon, Humanitarian, Mentor and Champion for Disabilities. Dr Grant operated at Sydney Adventist Hospital from 1949 to 2001 and was instrumental in establishing Royal North Shore Hospital’s Department of Neurosurgery. He co-founded the Paraplegic and Quadriplegic Association of NSW and served on numerous organisations for the disabled.
“Having the unit named after our father is a great honour for our family” said son Stuart Grant.
“The San was very special to my father and our family.”
SAH Milestone Redevelopment Official Opening (media release - October 2014)
Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Federal Health Minister Peter Dutton and NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner officially opened the San Redevelopment on Friday October 17th.
New mums, babies, midwives, surgical staff on break from operating theatre procedures and cancer patients and their carers were among those to meet and greet the PM and Ministers who addressed up to 500 guests at the official opening.
NSW’s latest maternity unit, state of the art birthing suites, operating theatres and the Integrated Cancer Centre’s purpose built healing garden for cancer patients was among the highlights of the expanded now up to 550 bed and 24 operating theatre facility the Prime Minister and other dignitaries toured.
The $200 million Redevelopment has been built to cater to the expected 50% increase in demand for its healthcare services as the population ages, increases and lives longer and expects high tech quality healthcare.
The San as the hospital is known is one of the oldest hospitals in Sydney opening in 1903 as a Sanitarium influenced by the principles of health and wellness of people like Dr Kellogg of Kellogg’s fame.
Today it is the most modern state-of-the -art hospital but still applies holistic principles understanding the benefits of caring for the body, mind and spirit of patients.
It has changed a lot since it started at Wahroonga in the bush with its own dairy and vegetable gardens.
With the Redevelopment capacity it is expected by 2024 to cater for over 300,000 patients a year.
The redeveloped San is home to state-of-the-art technology including da Vinci robot surgery.
In the future it will also be home to innovative Tomotherapy treatment and - as the capital campaign target of $20 million is reached - to the North West’s first Integrated Cancer Centre which will provide one point of access for cancer patients to a comprehensive range of the screening and treatment and counselling services they need.
“Over its 111 years, the San has been providing outstanding care to people across Sydney’s north shore, north west, Northern Beaches and Central Coast,” Mrs Skinner said.
“Today it is the largest private, not-for-profit hospital in NSW, working closely with public hospitals including Hornsby, Westmead, Gosford and Royal North Shore.”
Prime Minister Abbott was equally effusive about the San.
“This is a happy day for the people of northern Sydney and a proud day for everyone associated with the San.
I’m just so delighted to be here today to bask in the glory, to bask in the glory of the doctors and nurses and all the other professional and other staff who make this hospital such a splendid success and make it such an important institution in the healthcare system of NSW and of Australia.
The great thing about working with people in our health system, the treating staff, the researchers, everyone involved in our health system - is there for the right reason.
So I found it extraordinarily exhilarating and uplifting to be the Health Minister for four years: it was a time which helped reacquaint me with Australians at their best and to be here today amongst the very best of us to celebrate the great work that you do is a deep, deep, honour and I thank you so much for the privilege.
I should also salute the private part of our health system because the private health system helps to make everything work. If we didn’t have a private health system that was strong and effective we wouldn’t have the strong and effective public health system that we do.
Our private hospitals such as this help to make our public hospitals better.
Finally I want to say thank you to the Adventist Church and to all the other great Charities upon which our private system depend.
This Hospital (Sydney Adventist Hospital) is about providing the love of Christ in a practical way to people who need help.
And you will be so much better able after today thanks to this fine new facility to spread that love and provide those services.
More than 2500 staff, you treat almost a quarter of a million patients every year, you’ve got about 800 doctors – it is an extraordinary institution.
So, thankyou everyone associated with this great Hospital.
I salute your work, and I knew you will do it even better in the months and years ahead as a result of these new facilities we open today.”
New ward and building names announced (media release - May 5 2014)
Wards in the San’s new LW Clark Tower and an existing building wing will be named in honour of individuals whose commitment and passion have helped the San grow since its establishment in 1903. The namings will be officially celebrated at opening events later this year.
Level 6 – ROWE
Matron Rita Rowe graduated from nursing at SAH in 1934 and served as Matron of the San for 20 years from 1953-1973. Matron Rowe was sister to Pastor Allan Forbes (SAH Hospital Manager from 1947-1967) while her nephew Ramon also worked at SAH for several years.
Level 7 – GRANT
Dr John Grant AO OBE was a highly respected Neurosurgeon who worked at SAH from 1949-2001. Dr Grant was a co-founder of the Paraplegic & Quadriplegic Association, Chairman of the Sydney 2000 Paralympics Organising Committee and helped develop the Royal North Shore Hospital Spinal Injuries Unit.
Level 8 – SHARPE
Dr Charles Sharpe OAM was a Plastic Surgeon at SAH from 1972-2002. Dr Sharpe established SAH’s Nepal plastic surgery outreach program in 1994 for which he and his wife Margaret each received Orders of Australia.
Level 9 – KNIGHT
The Knight family. Pastor Arthur Knight served as SAH Chaplain from 1925-1927 and then 1935-1951.
Dr John Knight AM (Pastor Knight’s son) worked at SAH for over 30 years. He and wife Noreen (who graduated from nursing at the San in 1953) founded the Medi-Aid Centre Foundation providing services to elderly community members. Peter Knight (Dr Knight’s son) served on the SAH Board from 2009-2012.
Level 10 - BALDWIN
Annette Baldwin AM worked at SAH for 45 years as nurse, midwife and nursing administrator and received an AM for her work in nurse education and her 23 year involvement in Open Heart International.
Ernest Baldwin was the first engineer at SAH from 1912-1927.
Various Baldwin family members continue their contribution to Sydney Adventist Hospital.
Level 11 – WOOLLER
Wendy Wooller worked at SAH for 39 years progressing from midwife in 1971 through to Director of Maternity, Paediatrics & Nursing Support before retiring in December 2010. Wendy was part of a team that delivered thousands of San babies during her employment at SAH.
South Wing H.E. Clifford Tower (current Maternity Unit) – KRESS BUILDING
Doctors Daniel and Lauretta Kress were the first medical leaders at SAH when it opened in 1903, and played an important role in developing the San’s distinctive ethos. Dr Lauretta Kress delivered the first San baby in January 1903.
Completion dates for the new San announced (media release - April 1 2014)
Sydney Adventist Hospital is excited to share that we now have completion dates for construction, handover, commissioning and operation of key areas.
Our new cancer centre and healing garden, new maternity, women's health and paediatrics unit, new operating theatres and additional wards and beds will be completed and opened in a staged process from the 30th June to 30th September.
This follows the previous opening of our new multi-deck car park, our new arrivals and entry area, and our Clinical Education Centre.
We are pleased that we are completing this significant milestone in the history of the San, and look forward to sharing the state-of-the-art new Hospital building during official opening events being planned for late October/early November.
The New San means that over time we will have a combined capacity of up to over 552 beds, 24 operating theatres, a new Maternity, Women's Health and Paediatrics Unit, an Integrated Cancer Centre, and Healing Garden, an additional 896 space multi-deck car park, and a stunning new arrivals and entry area.
Click here for an aerial view of the existing and new San facilities.
Clinical Services Building name announced (media release - December 18 2013)
Sydney Adventist Hospital's new Clinical Services Building has been officially named in honour of a driving force behind the San's growth, its reputation as a centre of excellence, and the milestone Redevelopment currently underway.
The naming follows an invitation to staff to submit ideas for consideration in the naming discussions.
As a result of that process it has been decided to follow the precedent set elsewhere on the Hospital estate by honouring a key figure in the San's history.
Already on site there is the HE Clifford Tower, the AK Tulloch Theatre Block, Merrit Kellogg (Bethel) Musuem, and various wards including Burnside, Radley, Butler, Hudson, Gee and Harrison, and other buildings like the Beattie Complex.
The state-of-the-art 12 storey building to be operational from mid to late next year has been named after Adventist HealthCare Group CEO, Dr Leon Clark. It will be known as the LW Clark Tower.
The CSB is being named now in advance of its opening to assist with forward operational/directional and signage planning.
Individual wards in the new building will be named closer to the official opening and following further discussions.
Dr Clark commenced in administration at the San in 1991 as Medical Executive Officer and Deputy Chief Executive Officer before becoming Chief Executive Officer in 2002. In 2012 his role became Group Chief Executive Officer of Adventist HealthCare Limited.
Dr Clark's achievements and public recognition are varied and include:
• President Australian Private Hospitals Association
• Paul Harris Fellow (Wahroonga Rotary)
• IVF Director of the Year Award
• President Fertility Society of Australia
• Foundation Chairman Australian IVF Directors Group
The building will be completed by mid to late 2014 and will include a new Maternity and Women's Health Unit, 10 new operating theatres, new wards, other areas, and ultimately, the new Integrated Cancer Centre.
The name will officially be announced during the building's opening celebrations later next year.
AHCL Staff were invited to help name the building by submitting name suggestions to the Executive committee and the Board for consideration. While a variety of names were suggested and considered, 6 prizes were awarded by random lucky draw to a range of staff who each made diverse suggestions. Congratulations to Maree Munro (FVMC), Jenny Latner (San Physio), Loris Bellman ( Delivery suite) Julianne Green ( Renal Dialysis) Stephen Cook (EC) and Glenda Flew ( HITH), They have been awarded with a $50 gift voucher of their choice. Thanks to all those who entered.
Clinical Education Centre opening (media release - November 4 2013)
The Clinical Education Centre (CEC) is a collaborative project between the Commonwealth, through Health Workforce Australia (HWA), the NSW State Government, Adventist HealthCare through Sydney Adventist Hospital (the 'San') and private philanthropy. It will provide clinical training opportunities for student health professionals.
The Centre is home to the Sydney Adventist Hospital Clinical School of The University of Sydney (SAHCS), the first fully-fledged private hospital clinical school in NSW. It is also home to the Avondale College of Higher Education Faculty of Nursing and Health.
The Centre is a purpose built three level 3500 sqm facility providing two auditoria, a library, student common room, administration areas, a simulation centre, and tutorial, clinical skills, problem based learning, and lecture rooms.
The Clinical Education Centre offers a multi-disciplinary training model by providing clinical placements for medical, nursing, physiotherapy, pharmacy, radiography, occupational therapy, orthoptics, midwifery, dietetics, and other student allied health professionals.
By 2016 the Centre will provide more than 20,000 clinical training days a year to meet current and future demands.
Click here for more information.
Car park opening (media release - July 15 2013)
The first milestone of the Stage 1 Redevelopment, the new 896 space car multi-deck car park, opened in late May for patients and their visitors, doctors and other health professionals and other staff members.
During a dedication ceremony officiated by Spiritual Care Services Manager Kristina Mazzaferri and CEO Dr Leon Clark thanked staff and the public for their patience during the building process and said the result was a reflection of the foresight, dedication and commitment of the many staff who had contributed to the work of the San during its 110 year history.
Key features of the car park include an airport style arrivals podium, bus stop and drop off/pick up zone, ‘Penny Farthing’ style bike racks and impressive ribbon lighting.
The initial car park ground breaking ceremony took place in June 2011.
The $181 million Redevelopment is expected to be completed from mid-2014.
Official groundbreaking ceremony (media release - June 23 2011)
The start of Sydney Adventist's Hospital's $180 million Redevelopment was celebrated with an official groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday 23rd June.
Local Mayors, hospital supporters and other well wishers joined current and former medical, nursing and administrative staff and project team members at the Blessing of the works and a sod-turning by administrative, medical staff and patient representatives.
Dr Leon Clark, CEO Adventist HealthCare Limited, spoke at the ceremony. "Today is the start of a milestone journey in the history of the San which is already full of significant moments..."
Read the Media Release here »
Please note: Concept images below correct as at June 2011.