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June 2016

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Dr Edwin Caldwell, who has been with Box Hill Hospital for 50 years, with nurses who worked there when it opened in 1956.

Sixty years sees Box Hill boom

What began as a humble vision for better health care in Melbourne’s east 60 years ago has since seen Box Hill Hospital grow to incredible heights.

To celebrate this remarkable journey, staff and special guests gathered for Box Hill Hospital’s 60th anniversary.

Box Hill and District Hospital opened in 1956.

It was the first large public hospital to be built in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.

Since then, there have been numerous highlights.

Services have expanded, technology has advanced and a recent $447.5 million redevelopment has maintained the hospital’s state-of-the-art status.

The hospital has grown close to five times its original size.

Box Hill Hospital provides the community with a range of emergency, general and specialist medicine, intensive care, surgical and mental health services.

The hospital has also developed to become a teaching and research hospital, affiliated with Monash, La Trobe and Deakin Universities.

Throughout it all, though, there have been some constants.

Box Hill Hospital chief of clinical and site operations Martin Smith said the local community had supported the hospital every step of the way.

It was local residents who initiated and raised funds for the building of the hospital.

‘Today, Box Hill Hospital continues to provide quality care and treatment,’ Mr Smith said.