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The largest private hospital ever built in South Australia – the new $345 million Calvary Adelaide Hospital in Angas St, Adelaide – has reached an important milestone with the ‘topping out’ of construction at 12 storeys.

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The craning of a ceremonial tree to the top of the site to signify the construction milestone was witnessed by more than 70 invited guests including SA Premier Steven Marshall, Little Company of Mary Health Care chair John Watkins AM and Commercial & General executive chairman Jamie McClurg.

Expected to open in mid 2019, the new hospital will replace the Calvary Wakefield Hospital in Wakefield St and the Calvary Rehabilitation Hospital at Walkerville. It will complement existing services offered by Calvary North Adelaide and Calvary Central Districts hospitals.

The state-of-the-art Calvary Adelaide Hospital has capacity for 344 beds with 16 operating theatres and the State’s only privately-owned 24-hour emergency department. Patients will have single rooms with ensuite bathrooms while a rehabilitation wing will offer a hydrotherapy pool and mobility garden. It also will be home to a custom-designed hybrid theatre, combining an operating theatre and radiology suite to diagnose and treat patients faster.

The new hospital will offer orthopaedic, cardiac, neurosurgical and rehabilitation specialties. Around 700 staff will relocate to the new facility, with estimated staff growth of 50 per cent on completion and capacity for significant growth in staff in the following years.

Calvary Health Care will hold a 30-year lease on the new building which is owned by Commercial & General as part of the Healthcare Wholesale Property fund, a joint venture with ASX-listed DEXUS.

Mr Watkins said Calvary Adelaide Hospital represented the biggest investment Calvary Health Care has made in Australia.

“It is a statement of confidence in the South Australian economy and Calvary’s ongoing commitment to the long term health care needs of the people of Adelaide,” he said.

“Calvary has been caring for South Australians for more than 100 years, and this new hospital enables us to increase capacity and meet rising demand for quality health care.”

Updates on the hospital can be found at www.calvaryadelaide.org.au

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