Hollywood Private Hospital is preparing for major growth in the coming decade amid forecast cuts to public health.
The Ramsay Health Care facility has recently completed a $74.1 million expansion, the cornerstone of which is a new wing housing six state-of-the-art operating theatres and two new 30-bed wards.
Hollywood’s growth and plans for future expansion coincide with calls from Western Australian opposition leader Mark McGowan that the state government be upfront about impending job cuts at state hospitals.
Mr McGowan has circulated claims that up to 2,000 public hospital doctors and nurses could lose their jobs.
Health Minister Kim Hames has not denied the cuts, saying hospitals need to work within allocated budgets, which are expected to tighten.
The war of words comes at a time when demand for private health facilities is increasing, according to Hollywood Private Hospital chief executive Peter Mott.
Mr Mott said Hollywood’s new operating theatres, which take the hospital’s total to 16, were running at full capacity.
Hollywood has hired 100 workers to cope with the demand and plans to hire a further 70 in the coming months.
“We’ve sort of come out of the blocks very quickly in this development,” Mr Mott told Business News.
“Our revenue has increased every year, certainly for the past few years as we’ve geared up for this.
“We don’t build to have spare capacity, we invest capital only when we think there’s a good return on investment and that’s proven to be the case here when you’ve got six operating theatres fill so quickly.
“What that means for us is we need to get on now with our planning for the next phase of growth.”
The Anne Leach Wing – named after the Australian Army nurse whose association with the hospital dates back to World War II – opened last month and follows the 30-bed expansion of The Hollywood Clinic in 2014.
The $74.1 million redevelopment has increased the number of licensed beds at Hollywood to 750, cementing the hospital’s position as the state’s largest private hospital.
Hospital operator Ramsay has no intention of stopping there. Hollywood has already received council approval for its master plan, which includes developments up to six storeys high in some parts of the 10-hectare Nedlands campus.
Mr Mott said the 73-year-old hospital’s original layout of one-storey buildings gave it more space overall and the opportunity to build upwards.
“Unlike many hospitals we’re not landlocked or land constrained,” he said.
“We’re very, very optimistic that we will be looking for further growth on this campus.”