The Mater

Friends of the Mater fund new Special Care Nursery

Thursday 5 June, 2014

FOM_cheque_May19_xsmllAt a ceremony on Monday 19th May at the Mater Hospital, Dr Keith Hartman AM, Chair of The Friends of the Mater Foundation, presented a cheque for $4,357,520 to Mr Paul Robertson AM, Chair of St Vincent’s Health Australia. This very significant donation will cover the total cost of the new Newborn Nursery, to be named The Poche Van Norton Nursery in honour of Mr Greg Poche and Ms Kay Van Norton, two extremely generous benefactors.

The Nursery will occupy the entire top floor of an $18M three level extension of the Mater Hospital and will include a new well baby nursery and  a ‘world’s best practice ” Special Care  Nursery for 16 babies with special care needs, most often related to prematurity.  Recent research has shown the importance of maternal –infant bonding for babies who need prolonged nursery care. At the Mater this will be facilitated by each baby and family having an individual room containing “state of the art” medical equipment within a private, homely and tranquil environment.

This new development was designed to provide a world class facility, equipped and staffed so that the care provided to the smallest Mater patients can continue to be of unrivalled quality, well into the future. Dr Hartman expressed his thanks to the many members of the Friends of the Mater Foundation for their extraordinarily generous support for this project, and for their very significant support of the Mater Hospital over the past 15 years.
Following completion of the new Special Care Nursery, a dedicated Obstetrics Theatre Suite will be constructed in the area occupied by the existing nursery, bringing the Mater’s obstetric services into a complete and fully integrated unit on Level 3 of the hospital.

Other features of the new North West Extension include two new, oversize operating rooms suitable for robotic assisted surgery and advanced intra-operative medical imaging, 10 additional recovery beds and 6 additional Intensive Care beds, plus 15 additional private rooms for Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation patients.

Anticipated duration of the construction and commissioning period is 18 months, with the new North West Extension expected to be open in May 2015.