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June 2019

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Staff and patients move from Sunshine Hospital
into the Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

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Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital operating theatre staff.

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Lots of teddy bears attend hospital during the community open day.

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Edwin Baez and Lauren Mikhael with their newborn daughter, Tallia – the hospital’s first baby.

The road to recovery

Western Health’s Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Sunshine has opened its doors to patients.

The hospital comprises nine floors, has more floor space than the MCG and used enough concrete to fill nearly four Olympic size swimming pools.

It includes 20 maternity delivery rooms, 237 beds, 39 special care nursery cots, four theatres and additional clinics.

More than 150 women, children and babies, and about 200 staff members, moved as part of the meticulously-planned operation.

The move also involved 24 babies in special care nursery cots.

And the new facility did not take long to deliver its first in-house arrival – a baby girl born to parents Lauren Mikhael and Edwin Baez at 9.22 on the opening morning.

‘Today has been years in the making,’ said Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos.

‘The cutting-edge hospital is now complete and local families are set to benefit from the very best in maternity and paediatric care.

‘The move required enormous co-ordination and I’m so grateful to our hard-working hospital staff for making it all run smoothly.’

The clinical move followed the official opening by Ms Mikakos and Ron Kirner, the husband of the former Premier after whom the building is named, and a community open day.

The event attracted a crowd of more than 3,000 and involved tours of the building, performances from local groups and a teddy bear hospital run by medical students from the University of Melbourne.

‘This is a truly momentous development for families of the western suburbs, who now have access to the best care possible closer to home,’ said Western Health Chief Executive Officer Russell Harrison.