Victorian Premier opens relocated Mercy Hospital

Victoria's largest medical precinct was opened by Premier Steve Bracks yesterday, combining a redeveloped Austin Hospital and a relocated Mercy Hospital for Women.

The precinct at Heidelberg, in Melbourne's north-east, features more than 520 beds across the two hospitals, a new 30-bed intensive care unit, a purpose built spinal unit, 13 birthing suites, four family birth centres and a neonatal intensive care unit.

Mr Bracks said the Government had invested $376 million in the precinct as part of a $2 billion-plus vision to rebuild hospitals across the state.

"The Austin and Mercy redevelopment is the largest single investment in health the north-east suburbs have ever received and was delivered by Major Projects Victoria on time and on budget," Mr Bracks said.

"It's a really important event for the people of Melbourne, in terms of this being the state's largest medical precinct, and this is going to be the only chance they have to come and have a look (before it is operational).

The Mercy Hospital for Women is due to welcome its first patients on May 15. The Austin is expected to take its first patients on 24 May and be fully operational by 6 June.

Bracks opens medical precinct (Australian Associated Press/Herald-Sun 7/5/05)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Mercy Hospital for Women | Our MOve to Heidelberg
Austin Health Redevelopment & Mercy Hospital for Women Relocation Project
Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia | Health & Aged Care

Bracks opens Austin-Mercy (The Age 8/5/05)
Austin to show its powers (The Age 7/5/05)

9 May 2005