It's been a long campaign to get a regional hospital on the coastal part of the Sunshine Coast. The campaign began in the early 90's and gained momentum when two Kawana women supported Councillor Andrew Champion and his push for a new hospital at Kawana via the formation of the Hospital for Kawana committee. Maureen Mileham and Jean Gleed worked tirelessly over many years.
The $1.87 billion facility was officially opened on Wednesday 19 April , 2017 by the Premier of Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk and Health Minister Cameron Dick. It is the first public hospital undertaken as a public-private partnership in Queensland. The 14 month designed process included planning for expansion in three stages; from 450 beds on opening to a capacity of 738 beds by 2021 and extension south to provide a total of 900 beds beyond 2021. The hospital includes a wide range of facilities and services including outdoor recreation spaces, a 370 seat auditorium and library, multi-level car parks, a child care centre, mental health unit, 7 level main hospital building with a helipad and a lakeside building housing the Adem Crosby Centre.
Take a tour of the SCUH kitchens.