The Queensland Government is investing $1.8 billion in the Sunshine Coast University Hospital - a new public, tertiary teaching hospital on the Sunshine Coast, to meet growing demand for hospital services and to train the local health workforce of the future.
The public hospital is being developed as part of the 20 hectare Kawana Health Campus that will incorporate the hospital's Skills, Academic and Research Centre, the collocated Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital, car parking facilities and opportunity for a range of complementary commercial health developments.
The new hospital is the first major new, not replacement, public hospital built in Australia in more than 20 years and is being delivered as the state’s first public hospital Public Private Partnership (PPP).
The new hospital will form part of the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service's network of hospitals that includes Nambour General Hospital, Caloundra Health Service, Gympie Hospital, Maleny Soldiers Memorial Hospital and a comprehensive range of community and primary health services.
As a university hospital, there are three core components of the vision for Sunshine Coast University Hospital:
- providing excellent patient care;
- developing new knowledge, through research, to contribute to national and international improvements in patient care; and
- education and training of the next generations of staff to perform all three components.
Sunshine Coast University Hospital will open in April 2017 with 450 beds and capacity to grow to more than 738 beds. It will provide a range of new and expanded free public hospital services to meet the growing demand for healthcare services. When the new hospital is fully commissioned, it is estimated that up to 10,000 fewer patients each year will have to travel to Brisbane for complex treatment.
Sunshine Coast University Hospital will ‘provide excellent care through collaboration, enquiry and education’, within the context of the health service's vision of ‘Health and wellbeing through exceptional care’.
Sunshine Coast University Hospital is being developed with a commitment to providing high quality healthcare. this commitment is articulated in it's vision statement:
To provide excellent care through collaboration, enquiry and education.
To achieve the vision as a fully functioning public university hospital it will:
- provide excellent patient care,
- develop new knowledge through research to contribute to national and international improvements in patient care,
- educate and train the next generations of staff.