The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has called on the Andrews Labor Government to commit funding for Alpine Health’s planned redevelopment of the Bright District Hospital and Health Services.
Speaking during the adjournment debate in State Parliament, Ms Lovell sought a funding commitment from Health Minister Martin Foley of $40 million to make Bright Health Precinct Development a reality.
Ms Lovell said with the Feasibility Study on the project completed and the Business Case now being finalised, the new development will transform health services in the region and allow Alpine Health to meet the complex healthcare needs of the Bright community.
Since the amalgamation in 1996 of Bright District Hospital and Health Services, Tawonga District General Hospital and Myrtleford District War Memorial Hospital to create Alpine Health, Bright Hospital is the only one of the three not to have undergone a redevelopment.
Ms Lovell said the Bright Health Precinct Development will finally deliver high care aged care to the region with a 35-bed facility established as well as refurbish the existing hospital bed-based services and expand the range of allied and specialist services available to patients.
The development will transform the current Hawthorn Village facility into a new health education hub and accommodation space for international health care workers and land will be acquired to build a new medical centre.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“Alpine Health have done a lot of work planning the Bright Health Precinct Development, a project that will transform health services in the region and meet the healthcare needs of the community.
“With the completion of the Business Case imminent, I urge the Minister to support Alpine Health and commit the funding required to make the Bright Health Precinct Development a reality.”
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