The builders have arrived and started the upgrade to Benalla Health’s Morrie Evans Wing.KAITLIN THALS December 11, 2013 4:10am
Upgrade started: (L-R): Benalla Health director of clinical services Janine Holland, Benalla Health Morrie Evans Wing nurse unit manager Nathan Willoughby and Benalla Health chief executive Andrew Freeman.
The builders have arrived and started the upgrade to Benalla Health’s Morrie Evans Wing.
The hospital this year received two grants from the Victorian Government totalling $730
The upgrade was also supported by the community’s donations through the Benalla Health Annual Appeal.
Benalla Health chief executive Andrew Freeman last week said the funding would go towards upgrading the amenities in the Morrie Evans Wing, providing eight rooms with ensuites to accommodate up to 14 residents.
‘‘The slabs are poured for three of the ensuites and everything’s on track,’’ Mr Freeman said.
‘‘It’s really exciting, and I think the residents and staff are really excited.
‘‘The staff won’t be wheeling residents around, because the ensuites will be right there in their rooms and accessable — it’s a huge, huge change.’’
Mr Freeman said during the upgrade, Morrie Evans Wing’s front entrance would be reconfigured to make it more central.
He said two ensuites in the acute ward would also be refurbished through the funding.
Mr Freeman said the hospital had made another submission for government funding to upgrade two more ensuites in the Morrie Evans Wing, in the near future.
He said they were also working with architects to design a long-term master plan for the wing.
‘‘Ultimately we’d like to create more single rooms, but not by reducing the amount of beds,’’ he said.
Mr Freeman said there would be minimal disruption during the the hospital upgrade, which was scheduled to be completed by June next year.
Diverse Builders from Numurkah has been awarded the contract for the job.Solar upgrade
Meanwhile, another project being rolled out at Benalla Health is the installation of 80 solar roof panels.
Mr Freeman said this was an internal initiative to cut electricity costs and reduce the facility’s carbon footprint on the environment.
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