The state-of-the-art hospital will offer local women and their families world-class maternity and pediatric services. It will also contain the regions first neonatal intensive care unit to care for the most critically ill babies.
The hospital will hold:
- 20 maternity delivery rooms
- 237 beds
- 39 special care nursery cots
- four theatres and additional clinics
- 150 extra full-time nurses and midwives
Victorian Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos stated, “more families in Melbourne’s west will be able to access the best pediatric and maternity services close to home thanks to the Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital.”
Joan Kirner was premier from 1990 – 94 and the state’s first and only female elected to the top job. Kirner was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women at the time of her death in 2001.