The community yesterday had its first look at what GV Health’s $168.5million redevelopment might look like at the service’s annual general meeting.
GV Health acting chief executive officer Dr Max Alexander unveiled the initial conceptual art of the redevelopment and announced tenders for construction would be going out in the middle of 2017 before early works started in late 2017, with the upgrade expected to be completed before 2020.
‘‘It’s fantastic to see the redevelopment progressing as this is a once-in-a-generation project,’’ Dr Alexander said.
‘‘The community feels strongly about their healthcare service and they deserve the best. This isn’t just a refurbishment, it’s an expansion that will greatly increase the capacity of GV Health.
‘‘We are very aware of our emergency department issues and know we need to do better. The rebuild and doubling of ED will greatly improve the service.’’
Dr Alexander said GV Health had performed well in 2015-2016 and the AGM was also an opportunity to recognise the history of the 140-year-old service.
‘‘There aren’t too many services with that history and the Mooroopna Hospital (the service’s first home) has some of the best historical records and we are showcasing its memorabilia,’’ Dr Alexander said.
Guest speaker and former GV Health board president Graham Hill spoke about the move from Mooroopna Hospital to the location in Shepparton in 1979.
‘‘There had been a push to move location for 20 years,’’ Mr Hill said.
‘‘There was constant negotiations for funding before the move finally happened and when it did it was like a military operation.
‘‘The whole community came together to assist with moving patients and equipment to the new building that had been empty for two years.
‘‘We managed to do it in only one day.’’
Mr Hill said the new redevelopment had to happen.
He said the community had seen piecemeal funding for the hospital since the move and the investment would be good for the future of Shepparton.