Federal Health Minister opens Epworth Lee Wing

Lee Wing official opening

The Federal Minister for Health,  the Hon. Sussan Ley officially opened the new Mr and Mrs P.S. Lee Family Wing on 9 June, before touring the new private Emergency Department, patient rooms and Epworth Richmond’s state-of-the-art 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 $7.3million 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.

Group Chief Executive, Epworth HealthCare 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” Mr Kinkade said.

Earlier today, Minister Ley toured Epworth Clinic, a mental health unit at Epworth Camberwell.
Photo (left to right): Alan Kinkade, Group Chief Executive, Epworth HealthCare, Federal Minister for Health, the Hon. Sussan Ley, Maryjane Crabtree, Epworth Foundation Board Member and Nicole Waldron, Executive Director Epworth Richmond