New Joan Kirner Hospital One Step Closer
The new $200 million Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital is one step closer to completion, with the appointment of a managing contractor to build the new hospital.
Visiting Sunshine Hospital, Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy, joined local Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman, to announce Lend Lease Building Contractors Pty Ltd will build the new hospital.
A Community Advisory Group, which will be led by Ms Suleyman, will also be established to help shape the project and ensure the local community needs are considered in the development of the new hospital.
The Joan Kirner Hospital Women’s and Children’s Hospital will be a multi-level facility with 20 maternity delivery rooms, 173 beds, 39 special care nursery cots, four theatres and additional clinics.
It will meet the needs of one of the fastest growing areas in Australia and ensure more women in Melbourne’s west will be able to give birth and access children’s services closer to home. The numbers of births at Sunshine Hospital are expected to exceed 7,000 per year by 2026.
Early construction of the new Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital is expected to start later this year. The project is expected to create up to 600 jobs during the construction phase.