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Federal Health Minister opens the Lee Wing


Photo L – R: Group Chief Executive Alan Kinkade, The Hon. Sussan Ley, Deputy President Epworth Board Maryjane Crabtree, Epworth Richmond Executive Director Nicole Waldron.

The Federal Minister for Health, the Hon. Sussan Ley, officially opened the new Mr and Mrs P.S. Lee Family Wing on Thursday 9 June, before touring the new private emergency department, patient rooms and intensive care unit.

Minister Ley said Epworth’s commitment to delivering excellence in patient care by integrating clinical practice with teaching and research is a win-win for patients in delivering the best outcomes.

“I am delighted to be in Melbourne today and to officially open the new 176 bed Mr and Mrs P.S. Lee Wing at Epworth Richmond. This $172m investment makes Epworth Richmond one of the largest private hospitals in the country and builds on the Australian government’s commitment to improving the delivery of health services in Australia.

“The Australian government capital contribution of $7.3 million towards the Clinical Education and Simulation Centre as part of the redevelopment of Epworth Richmond has contributed to an important resource for training doctors, nurses and students,” Minister Ley said.

Epworth Group Chief Executive Alan Kinkade said he was immensely proud of the Lee Wing, including its new state-of-the-art Siemens Artis Q Biplane theatre which is the first such installation in Australia and will enable high-precision, neurological, cardiac and vascular procedures.

“Today’s milestone is an exciting one. This facility optimises the relationship between emergency, ICU, CCU, theatres and diagnostics which will significantly improve patient outcomes through timely access to services. At Epworth, patients are at the forefront of everything we do and we remain committed to investing in the best facilities to ensure our doctors and staff have the facilities to continue to deliver excellence in patient care,” Alan said.

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