Mercy Health has marked the first step in the redevelopment of its
mental health facility at Werribee Mercy Hospital. Construction of the $34.7
million project was officially kicked off at 10.15am when Victorian Premier Dr
Denis Napthine, Minister for Mental Health Mary Wooldridge and Rev Monsignor
Anthony Ireland STD EV PP turn the first sod at the site.
The finished development will include a two-storey 54-bed acute
building (a 25-bed increase), which will be located in the same area as the
existing facility at Werribee Mercy Hospital. There will also be an additional
100 car spaces created on the hospital site.
Mercy Health Executive Director Health Services Dr Linda Mellors said
the facility would help expand Werribee Mercy Hospital’s mental health services
for the people of Wyndham and surrounding areas.
“This development will help us build on the suite of mental health
services we already provide to the community,’’ Dr Mellors said. “We are
extremely excited that construction is now underway.’’
The two-stage project will cost $34.7 million and is expected to be
finished in 2016.
Werribee Mercy Hospital/Mercy Mental Health Facts
The number of patients treated and discharged by Mercy Mental Health grew from 610 in 2012-13 by 20 per cent to 729 in 2013-14.
As of June 2014, Werribee Mercy Hospital employs 1,024 people, including 102 across Mercy Mental Health.
The population of Wyndham has grown from 84,861 in 2001 by 111 per cent to 178,859 in 2012. During the 2011-12 financial year, Wyndham recorded the highest population growth rate (12,649) in Australia at 7.6 per cent.
Wyndham’s population is predicted to rise to more than 384,000 by 2035 – an increase of 114.7 per cent.
Werribee Mercy Hospital will continue to provide essential health services, working alongside both the State and Federal governments to serve the people of this rapidly growing region.
Mercy Health Chief Executive Officer Stephen
Cornelissen, Rev Monsignor Anthony Ireland,
Premier Dr Denis Napthine, Minister for Mental
Health Mary Wooldridge and Mercy Health
Chairman Julien O'Connell AM.