Casey Hospital is a 229-bed hospital providing a comprehensive range of health services for the rapidly-growing communities of southeast Melbourne.
This includes general medical, emergency, mental health, rehabilitation, maternity and special care nursery, surgical and ambulatory care services. The hospital is also a provider of paediatric services for Monash Children’s Hospital and is a centre for the leading cardiac services of MonashHEART. In 2004 Plenary entered into a concession with the State to provide the hospital and associated non-clinical services.
The site master plan facilitated the development and expansion of the facility in a logical and costeffective manner. Located in a major growth corridor, the site planning strategies adopted turned largely on ease of access, entry and expansion.
This included the:
- configuration of functional units in a manner that promoted clear identification of access and entry points for the public; and
- establishment of clear expansion zones for additional functional units to cater for future growth.
In 2017 work began on a 13,000-square-metre expansion to increase the hospital’s capacity, allowing it to cater for more patients, more surgeries and more births in one of Australia’s fastest-growing areas.
The expansion includes 160 new beds, the hospital’s first intensive care unit, six new operating theatres, additional recovery capacity, a new day surgery unit, upgraded pharmacy, pathology and back-of-house areas, more than 300 new staff and public carparks, and a new front entry building that includes education and training spaces for Monash University.
Casey Hospital was the first major metropolitan Victorian Hospital to have Environmental Sustainability Targets for energy imposed as a preconstruction requirement. Plenary Health provided, through its design response, a number of innovative solutions that targeted minimal energy consumption outcomes, enabling it to meet the energy target requirements.
As a first of its kind, the food preparation facility provided a full roof exhaust canopy, removing the need to provide significant dedicated exhaust systems. This provided an energy efficient outcome as well as providing a better environment for kitchen staff.
Local economic impacts
Job numbers currently working at the hospital employed by Southern Health have now reached some 700 people in total and some 460 of these people are full-time.