Power play on health
MORE than 161,000 people have been treated at St John of God Midland Public and Private hospitals since the facility opened a year ago yesterday.
Chief executive Glen Power said he was extremely proud of the hospital’s many achievements over the past 12 months.
“We have dramatically raised the ‘health selfsufficiency’ of the region, by offering new services such as oncology, coronary care and intensive care,” Dr Power said.
“We are undertaking more complex clinical activity, reducing the need to transfer patients to tertiary hospitals.”
Dr Power said the hospital anticipated patient numbers to increase over the next year because of a substantial funding increase from the State Government.
“As a result, we will be treating even more patients for elective and non-elective procedures, maternity, mental health, as well as outpatient and rehabilitation services,” Dr Power said.
Health Minister John day said he was “enormously proud” of what the public hospital had achieved.
“Since its doors opened, almost 60,000 people have been treated in the Emergency Department, there have been more than 81,000 outpatient appointments, and 1650 new West Australians have been brought into the world here in the maternity unit,” he said.