$15m plan for heart surgery first in WA

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A leading private hospital aims to break new ground in Western Australia (WA) healthcare with a $15 million redevelopment of its cardiac facilities.

Mount Hospital plans to open the state’s first hybrid operating theatre, allowing more minimally-invasive surgery, plus add a third cardiac catheter laboratory to the unit.

The state-of-the-art theatre will support vascular and structural heart services such as the hospital’s new transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) program.

New general manager Claire Byers last year helped the Perth hospital become the first in WA to offer the life-saving treatment, for patients considered high risk for open-heart surgery.

She hopes construction work on the facility will start in April.

“I have been fortunate to join the team at an exciting time,” said Ms Byers, who was appointed in August.

“The ability to move forward with the redevelopment will not only enable us to continue to solidify our position as one of Australia’s most active and experienced private cardiac services, but allow us to continue developing a range of other key specialties.”

Mount Hospital is owned and run by Healthscope, whose regional manager for Western Australia, Queensland and Northern Territory is confident Ms Byers can drive further innovations to cope with growing demand for patient services.

“Claire has already proven to be an outstanding general manager, overseeing a number of major improvements at Mount and bringing some fantastic ideas to the table to ensure we can continue to raise the bar,” Richard Lizzio said.

Mount Hospital, which opened in 1986, will also upgrade its day surgery unit during stage one of the development.

Ms Byers said the executive team is working on future plans for the site, which has 224 patient beds and employs more than 650 staff.

“My vision is to bring fresh ideas and a focus on innovation to the hospital so it continues to build its position as one of the premier private hospitals in the state,” Ms Byers said.

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