Our Achievements

In addition to funding programs and equipment within Barwon Health the Barwon Health Foundation has funded a number of major projects over the past eight years:

The Emergency Department at Geelong Hospital

In 2008 and 2009 the new Emergency Department at the Geelong Hospital was the fundraising priority for the Geelong Hospital Appeal with $3.6 million of equipment required to bring the $26 million new facility to life.

Opened in 2009, the new facility provided increased space, separate waiting and treatment areas for adults and children, a distressed relatives room, two new resuscitation bays, an expanded waiting area and emergency clinics to meet specific patient needs, streaming of patient presentations to dedicated assessment areas including fast track, adult, paediatrics, resuscitation and mental health, plus two new x-ray rooms.

The Cotton On Foundation Children's Ward at Geelong Hospital

The Barwon Health Foundation, Cotton On Foundation and the Geelong community worked together over a four-year period to raise $7.8 million required to complete the Cotton On Foundation Children's Ward redevelopment at Geelong Hospital which opened on 31 January 2013.

The finished project included new furniture and décor, a dedicated parents room, special consultation and treatment rooms, high dependency rooms to provide one-on-one monitored care for the sickest children, ensuites in all rooms with improved facilities, new electric beds and various medical equipment, a new oncology treatment room to service children in their own environment within the ward and a refurbished playroom.

The Cotton On Special Care Nursery at University Hospital Geelong

The Cotton On Special Care Nursery opened on February 5 2015.

The two-year project was a result of a partnership between the Barwon Health Foundation and the Cotton On Group-led Run Geelong, which forms part of its Run Australia program.

The nursery redevelopment project also received strong support from the local community, including our corporate partners, community groups and individuals. Being totally community-funded, the redevelopment was only possible due to strong local support which helped to raise $3.8million needed for the project.

The previous nursery had outgrown the needs of the community with comfortable space for only 13 cribs. The new nursery will provide additional space for more cribs and storage, plus a separate treatment room and parents' room. Catering for up to 20 cribs, the new redevelopment will also feature two dedicate resuscitation/treatment rooms, offering more privacy for families.

Overnight rooms will now allow parents to stay close to their babies, while a dedicated feeding room and milk preparation room provide a more spacious and comfortable environment for families who are going through a stressful time.

In 2014, 540 babies were cared for in the nursery and 25% of babies born at University Hospital Geelong spent time in the nursery. Sometimes babies are also transferred here from other areas if a hospital exceeds their Special Care Nursery capacity.