Picture L-R: Monash University Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Professor Christine Mitchell, Monash Health Board Chair Barbara Yeoh AM, Victorian Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy MP, Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews MP, Monash University President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Gardner AO, Monash Health Chief Executive Andrew Stripp.
Monday 18 December 2017
The Victorian Government has announced it will invest an additional $320 million to build the Victorian Heart Hospital.
Monash Health will provide the clinical expertise and patient care at the standalone facility, due for completion in 2022.
Project partners Monash University will have embedded researchers within the facility, allowing cutting-edge research to directly benefit patients.
The total project cost is projected to be $543 million, and the new hospital will have 195 beds, with the capacity to provide 2,000 cardiac surgeries each year, 13,500 cardiac catheterisation laboratory procedures and 108,000 consultations and outpatient appointments.
It will treat cardiac diseases from early childhood to advanced adult life, and will include an emergency department, cardiac catheterisation labs, specialist surgical and imaging facilities and telehealth services for patients across Victoria, interstate and around the world.
“This facility will allow us to expand and modernise our services, while treating more patients than ever before,” said Monash Health Chief Executive Andrew Stripp.
Existing MonashHeart services will be relocated to the facility, which will be positioned on the University campus opposite the Australian Synchrotron.
Interim Director of MonashHeart, Professor Rick Harper said that a dedicated specialist heart hospital on the university grounds with a strong focus on clinical research, particularly regenerative medicine will be an exciting prospect for Victorians.
“Regenerative medicine offers the best option for restoring failing heart muscle after a heart attack by rescuing, replacing and repairing damaged heart tissue,” Professor Harper said.
“Importantly, the Victorian Heart Hospital will enable access to new world-leading models of clinical cardiac care and the ability for many more patients to participate in and reap the benefit of the latest clinical trials, and also provide significant cardiac specific training opportunities for medical, nursing and allied health professionals from across the state.”
Premier Daniel Andrews said the facility would be a source of innovations that would have benefits for patients from Victoria and across the world.
“Victoria is already home to some of the world’s best cardiac doctors, clinicians and researchers – and now we’re building them the world-class facilities to match.”
Picture L-R: Monash Health Head of Cardiothoracic Surgery Professor Julian Smith, Monash Health Board Chair Barbara Yeoh AM, Victorian Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy MP, MonashHeart Interim Director Professor Rick Harper, Monash Health Chief Executive Andrew Stripp.