St George Hospital has won an award for the best hospital redevelopment in the second annual Australian Healthcare Week Excellence Awards.
The award honoured and recognised the project team's efforts and successes, including that the new state-of-the-art acute services building has improved patient outcomes and hospital efficiency.
The redevelopment enabled the hospital to implement cutting edge technologies, services to the community have increased and construction completed within a live hospital environment, six months ahead of schedule and $30 million under budget.
General manager Leisa Rathborne says the redevelopment provided significant enhanced models of care for patients.
"The hospital's redevelopment occurred in the challenging environment directly above a fully functioning emergency department," she said.
"The team managed this extremely well and produced a number of firsts in Australian healthcare. Some examples include patient lift pendants installed in the intensive care unit which eliminated the need to install ceiling tracks. By integrating the patient hoist into the pendant system there has been a reduction in manual handling injuries.
"In addition, cleanroom technology was introduced into the theatres allowing integrated room lighting over the sterile field. This enabled better contamination control and faster installation time.
"The whole team should be recognised for coming together and delivering great outcomes - from the amazing hospital staff through to the project managers Johnstaff, Health Infrastructure, the builders Mutliplex and Wilhelm who installed some of the amazing technology."