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14 Aug 2015

New High Tech Intensive Care Unit Opens with a Blessing

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.”

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