Healthy year ahead planned for CQ Health services
24 December 2019
CQ Health has produced another great year of fine results for 2019, and Chief Executive Steve Williamson says there’ll be plenty more to celebrate in 2020.
Mr Williamson said there was much to be proud of when looking back at 2019, including the fantastic efforts of a dedicated team of staff caring for the CQ community.
“I’m fiercely proud of the significant efforts put in every day across every one of our facilities, and I thank them on behalf of our community,” he said.
“Apart from the outstanding efforts in Emergency Departments, operating theatres, wards and outpatient departments, we’ve had a huge year in CQ Health.”
Some of the highlights include:
- Agreement signing for a full medical program in Central Queensland, thanks to a partnership with Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service, CQUniversity and The University of Queensland.
- Opening of the much-awaited multi-level car park at Rockhampton Hospital.
- Work starting on our $42m Emergency Department at Gladstone Hospital.
- Tele-chemotherapy services starting in Emerald and Theodore.
- Accreditation success for Rockhampton Hospital, North Rockhampton Nursing Centre and Eventide Home
- Rockhampton, and Office of the Health Ombudsman’s positive review of CQ maternity services.
- Opening of an upgraded Cec Pritchard Wing and a new kitchen at North Rockhampton Nursing Centre.
Mr Williamson said 2020 promised another year of developments for public health services in Central Queensland. His big-ticket items next year include:
- Completion of Gladstone’s $42m Emergency Department.
- Conversion of the current Gladstone ED into a new Specialist Outpatients Department.
- Opening of an expanded Cardiology Service at Rockhampton Hospital with a 6-bed cardiology ward.
- Planning for a $10m upgrade of Emerald Hospital’s Operating Theatre and Emergency Department.
- Finalising preparations for the medical school program ready for the first students in 2022.
“I am grateful to my CQ Health family for their efforts, and our community should not take for granted the great quality of healthcare services available right here in Central Queensland,” Mr Williamson said.
“We’re committed to continually expanding the services available where possible to ensure we’re providing as much as we can locally without our residents needing to travel away.
“I wish all of our staff the very best for the festive season, especially those dedicated teams who work across the holidays to care for their community, and I wish Central Queenslanders a safe, healthy and happy Christmas and New Year.”