St Andrew’s Ipswich Private Hospital was a big winner at the Ipswich Business Awards on Saturday night, taking out the Business of the Year category.
The Ramsay Health Care facility entered a submission after being nominated for the award earlier this year.
It was one of four finalists in the category.
St Andrew’s Ipswich chief executive Chris Went said the result was just deserts for the hospital’s staff.
“We have a really long-term group of staff so it’s just lovely that they’re able to know that they are working hard to provide the community’s health needs,” she said.
“It’s been a really nice Monday. We’ve had some lovely emails and it’s really nice for the team to be recognised.”
St Andrew’s Ipswich has achieved a lot in a short period of time.
The hospital opened a cardiac catheter laboratory and an infusion centre last year. A seven-bed rehabilitation unit followed in August this year.
The specialty services mean patients can be treated locally in Ipswich rather than having to travel to Brisbane for treatment.
Ms Went said the hospital’s growth wouldn’t have been possible without the support of Ramsay.
“It’s been really great over the last few years with all the support that Ramsay Health Care has given us,” she said.
“[The support has] allowed us to grow and develop our facility. It’s been really good for our local community to see things actually happening for them and that we are improving their healthcare outcome.”
St Andrew’s isn’t resting on its laurels, however, with further development plans afoot.
“We have had a development application approved by Ipswich City Council this year and now we’re in the process of getting board-approved funding for that to start. We’re pretty excited about that,” Ms Went said.
“We’re looking at an increase in bed numbers and certainly an increase in operating theatres and just moving into some of our more acute critical care services. Our plan is to keep growing.”