Hospital work on the horizon

Posted February 26, 2016


JCU Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the division of services and resources Tricia Brand.



James Cook University is seeking expressions of interest for the development of a new university private hospital, expected to cost about $110 million to build.

Details of construction will be finalised with the successful proponent, but Stage 1 of the development at Douglas in Townsville is expected to offer at least 100 beds.

The expression of interest process is being conducted in collaboration with the Townsville Hospital and Health Service.

JCU Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the division of services and resources Tricia Brand said the co-location of the university, private hospital, public hospital and medical research institutes would cement the Townsville (Douglas) medical precinct as the epicentre of the health industry in northern Australia.

Stage 1 of the university private hospital is expected to be completed in 2019 and create more than 300 full-time construction jobs and more than 350 operations jobs.

More hospital projects

Earlier this month Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced that the State Government would build a new Emergency Department at Gladstone Hospital, with work starting in 2017.

“Early planning indicates the new emergency department will cost around $42 million and create over 150 jobs for the construction period,” she said.

And the government in January announced plans to build a new public hospital at Roma at a cost of about $70 million.

Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick said works would start on the new hospital in late 2016.


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