The Greater Shepparton community has been waiting a long time for an upgrade of the GV Health Shepparton hospital.
In April, good news came when the Victorian Government delivered $168.5million of funding for a full redevelopment of the facility.
Yesterday, GV Health had its annual meeting, where artist impressions for the revamped facility were presented in another exciting development.
Construction work is expected to start next year, with the completion date predicted to be 2020.
The redevelopment includes: a four-storey tower, three new operating theatres, two new additional wards, an extended emergency department, a refurbished maternity unit and new special care nursery, expansion of dialysis services and medical imaging service expansion.
The need for investment and upgrades of GV Health has been firmly on the agenda of The News for quite some time.
We have run countless stories on such issues as wait times and the under-capacity emergency department.
Our motivation in doing this is to bring light to the fact that our hospital needs attention and bring the issue front and centre to the people who make decisions on funding.
We know that the hospital is filled with talented and skilled people who do their job well and are working the best they possibly can. We appreciate and value the work they do.
But for too long, the capacity of the hospital has not aligned with the needs of the community and increasing expectations brought about by population growth.
We are pleased that the government has invested in our hospital.
Unfortunately, the benefits of the upgrade will not be felt immediately because of planning and construction works, but there is plenty to look forward to.
A revitalised hospital with an increased capacity will reduce wait times and result in better outcomes for the community.
We will be following closely the redevelopment and look forward to the day we can bring The News readers coverage when it all comes to fruition.