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:
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 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 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.
ProjectLove is now underway! Over the past three years in partnership with the community, the Barwon Health Foundation has been raising funds for ProjectLove - the revelopment of Barwon Health's Andrew Love Cancer Centre.
Whilst we continue to raise funds to support this project and other needs of the Andrew Love Cancer Centre, we are excited to advise that our patients have been moved to the temporary location on Level 6 of University Hospital Geelong and construction of the Pharmacy and Chemotherapy Day Ward has commenced and completion is expected by the end of 2018.
The redevelopment will make a big difference to the 2,400 people diagnosed with cancer each year on our region.
Barwon Health’s new Maternity Hub was offically opened on Tuesday 27 February 2018 thanks to the generosity of the Geelong community.
The project has been completed as a result of fundraising by a number of supporters who all had a vision to provide the very best facility and service to the mums and newborns of Geelong.
As part of the opening, the Maternity Assessment Unit funded by the Cotton On Run Geelong was also unveiled for the first time since undergoing a transformation.
In 2015, 100 per cent of funds raised at Run Geelong went towards the redevelopment of the Maternity Assessment Unit and Maternity Hub, which includes the reception and patient waiting area at Barwon Health.
Each year over 4,000 pregnant women use the Maternity reception area while waiting to be assessed and treated by the Maternity Assessment Team. Pregnant women are referred to the assessment unit for a variety of reasons but most commonly due to complications arising during pregnancy.
This can be a very anxious time and the new, more efficient space will allow for more privacy during assessment and treatment.
The redevelopment and redesign has included an increase in floor space to create a more welcoming environment for women and their families. The new design aims to promote improved patient comfort by including recliner chair options for women presenting who do not require their assessment on a bed.
The last five years has seen a growth of 10% in patient numbers, meaning the redesign will help future-proof Maternity Services.
The Maternity Hub was also made possible thanks to gifts from other generous supporters including the Bibury Trust, Kiwanis Club and the South Barwon Auxiliary.